Album of the Day
The Wailing Dervishes
Even among Atlantic Records' storied 1960s jazz stable, Herbie Mann stood out as adventurous. The pioneering flutist was known for his skill incorporating influences from varied cultures and traditions, and in the case of THE WAILING DERVISHES, he adds Middle Eastern sounds to his considerable sonic palette. Stellar instrumental support from Chick Ganimian on the oud and Moulay "Ali" Hafid on percussion adds authenticity (while far removed from Arabia, Rufus Harley's bagpipes on “Flute Bag” are nonetheless pretty cool), and Mann's improvisational style holds it all together wonderfully. Recorded live 50 years ago, THE WAILING DERVISHES is an early example of world music that will still thrill broad-minded listeners.