A highlight of this disc is Bob Marley's "Bend Down Low," as well as live versions of "Respect Yourself" and "Memphis Underground." Whitney Houston and Cissy Houston contribute background vocals on "Bend Down Low," and other session players of note include Larry Coryell, Michael & Randy Brecker and David Newman. "Hold On" was recorded live at the 1972 New York and Montreux Jazz Festivals, and features terrific work by Newman and Sonny Sharrock.
2 LPs on 2 CDs: MELLOW (1981)/HOLD ON I'M COMING (1972).
Personnel includes: Herbie Mann (vocals, tenor saxophone, flute, alto flute);
David Newman (tenor saxophone, flute); Claudio Roditi (trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone); Richard Tee (piano, electric piano); Pat Rebillot (electric piano); Sonny Sharrock, Rod Bryan, Hux Brown (guitar); Andy Muson (bass); Reggie Ferguson (drums); Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston (background vocals).
Recorded at Atlantic Studios, New York and live at the 1972 New York and Montreux Jazz Festivals. Originally released on Atlantic (16046) & Atlantic (1632).
Personnel: Herbie Mann (vocals, flute, alto flute, tenor saxophone); Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston (vocals); Rod Bryan, Jim Mullen, Larry Coryell, Sonny Sharrock, Hux Brown (guitar); Amauri Tristao (acoustic guitar); Jeff Mironov (electric guitar); David "Fathead" Newman (flute, tenor saxophone); Jaroslav Jakabovic (soprano saxophone); Sonny Fortune (alto saxophone); Michael Brecker, Tommy McCook (tenor saxophone); Claudio Roditi (trumpet, flugelhorn, valve trombone); Randy Brecker, Bobby Ellis (trumpet); Richard Tee (piano, electric piano); Dom Salvador, Don Pullen, Gladstone Anderson, Tom Coppola (piano); Pat Rebillot (electric piano, Clavinet); Clifford Carter (electric piano); Winston Wright (organ); Steve Jordan , Michael Richard, Leroy Clouden, Reggie Ferguson (drums); Rafael Cruz, Sammy Figueroa (percussion).
Audio Remixers: Gene Paul; Lewis Hahn.
Recording information: 1972 Montreux Jazz Festival; 1972 New York Jazz Festival; 1977 Montreaux Jazz Festival; Atlantic Studios, New York, NY; Dynamic Studios, Jamaica.
Arranger: Claudio Roditi.
This two-disc set from Collectables features a pair of out of print Herbie Mann LPs: Mellow and Hold On, I'm Coming. Originally issued in 1981 and 1972, respectively, Mellow contains a live date from 1977. These 11 jazz-pop tracks include "Cinnamon Flower," "Hold On, I'm Comin'," and two separate versions of "Memphis Underground." This is an enjoyable reissue from the Mann's massive catalog on Atlantic Records, but most listeners would be better served with one of the many compilations in print. ~ Al Campbell