Great Day in Music!

December 8, 1961

Recording of the Album “Nirvana”

While Herbie Mann was a consistent winner of Down Beat critics’ polls for jazz flute, his broad palette of musical influences often found him at odds with many jazz purists (the Kenny G of his time). Some felt that Mann’s playing was directed towards a more pop-oriented audience; others thought he exhibited an unabashed sexuality that seemed worlds apart from the serious demeanor of the bebop generation (NPR). This obscure album (with legendary pianist Bill Evans) demonstrates the breath of Mann’s musicianship and versatility.