Mann, Herbie [Solomon, Herbert Jay ]
- E. Ron Horton
[Solomon, Herbert Jay ]
(b New York, NY, April 16, 1930; d Pecos, NM, July 1, 2003). American flutist, producer, and record executive. After launching his professional career as a studio flutist, he gained popularity in the jazz world by integrating Latin styles, pop music, and other sources from around the world. As a leader, Mann recorded 25 albums that reached the top 200 on the pop charts, including tracks such as “Memphis Underground” (1969) and “Hijack” (1975), which was sampled for Jennifer Lopez’s number one hit “Jenny on the Block” (2002). In 1969 Mann became the producer and label director of Embryo Records, a post he held for two years. In 1992 he started Kokopelli, a label which he named after the flute-playing Native American god of fertility. Mann’s goal was to create a label with greater creative latitude than the major labels enjoyed, to produce music at a lower volume with lower overheads, and to pay royalties to all of its musicians, including sidemen. For the last ten years of his life Mann battled prostate cancer and used his popularity as a musician to bring attention to curing the disease....