Herbie Mann: Memphis Underground


Memphis Underground


Herbie Mann (flute)


Atlantic Top 60: Jazz, Jive and Strut (Rhino Atlantic)

Buy Track


Herbie Mann (flute), Roy Ayers (vibes), Larry Coryell (guitar),

Reggie Young (guitar), Bobby Emmons (organ), Bobby Wood (electric piano), Mike Leech (Fender bass), Gene Christman (drums)


Composed by Herbie Mann


Recorded: Memphis, TN, August 21, 1968


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

A year after Mann, Ayers and Coryell moseyed south to record with the house rhythm section at Stax Records, renowned for its Southern-fried soul groove, “Memphis Underground” surfaced among the Top 100. Thanks to Eddie Harris's "Listen Here" and Hugh Masekela's "Grazing in the Grass," a monotonous 2-chord vamp was now obligatory for crossover jazz, and “Memphis Underground” obliged. (Jazzmen once put down rock 'n' rollers for using only three chords!) Combining fuzz-tone, B.B. King-style blues licks and Hendrix-type feedback, Coryell's trendy guitar was a jazz novelty but tame by rock standards. This dated track is more interesting historically than musically.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

Tags: ·

  • 1 Dale Pearce // Aug 03, 2008 at 07:31 PM
    The album was recorded at Chips Moman's American Sound Studios not at Stax. Stax had their famous house band while American had a perhaps less famous but equally talented one of their own.