Friday, April 2, 2010

Yazz Flute

What is it about buying crusty looking records for a dollar or less? Well, it isn't always about the actual record I can tell you that.

Example: Harry Belafonte - Live at Carnegie Hall. Double album purchased for $1 in downtown Silver Spring. The album itself is a total dud. Sure, the music is fine, and Belafonte does what he does with skill. It's just incredibly dated and goofy as hell. So why mention any of this? Well, in a lucky stumble of good fortune, tucked inside said double album was an added bonus. A pristine disc full of the most amazing jazz flute ever! The disc: Herbie Mann - Live at the Whiskey a Go-Go. circa 1969

"Mr. Burgundy, we would be honored if you play some yazz flute for us tonight."

Mann was among the first jazz musicians to specialize on the flute and was perhaps jazz music's preeminent flautist during the 60's. He's accompanied by a crew of pros and the record gives them all a chance to show off their chops. It swings, it really swings. The connection to Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is only an added, albeit hilarious bonus.

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