Black Gold Weekly
Herbie Mann – Memphis Underground
As a 70s hustler, Memphis Underground was the place to be. It was a hub of activity where you could find anything and everything you needed to survive on the streets. The music scene was thriving with soulful blues and jazz pouring out of every bar and club. The smell of barbecue wafted through the air, tempting you to indulge in some of the best food around. A soundtrack to Memphis Underground would likely feature a mix of soulful blues, funky jazz, and gritty rock n‘ roll. The music would reflect the energy and vibe of the city, with a focus on the raw and unpolished sounds that were popular in the 70s. And this is exactly Memphis Underground from Herbie Mann.
This jazz album, released in 1969, is a fusion of jazz and funk music with influences from R&B and soul. Featuring local Memphis musicians, including guitarist Larry Coryell, pianist Bobby Wood and Atlantic records regulars like Roy Ayers, this album includes covers of popular songs like „Hold On, I’m Comin‘“ and „Chain of Fools“, as well as original compositions by Mann and his bandmates. It was a huge commercial success, one of the best-selling Jazz albums of all time. Don’t miss out on this classic Herbie Mann album that will get you moving and grooving!