Herbie Mann at the Village Gate

Herbie Mann at the Village Gate is a 1961 live album by jazz flutist Herbie Mann which was his third album for Atlantic Records, the main label for much of his career. The album was recorded at legendary club The Village Gate.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Down Beat[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide[3]
Herbie Mann at the Village Gate
Live album by
RecordedNovember 17, 1961
VenueThe Village Gate, New York City
ProducerNesuhi Ertegun
Herbie Mann chronology
The Family of Mann
Herbie Mann at the Village Gate
Herbie Mann Returns to the Village Gate


AllMusic awarded the album 4½ stars with its review stating "At the Village Gate is the album that first brought Herbie Mann to widespread popular attention, thanks to the inclusion of "Comin' Home Baby," which soon became one of the flautist's signature songs. By the time of the record's release in 1962, however, Mann had already been a bandleader for years, honing his pioneering blend of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music with hard bop's funky structures just under the public radar. As a result, At the Village Gate sounds more like a summation than a beginning".[4]

Track listing

Side One

  1. "Comin' Home, Baby" (Ben Tucker) (8:37)
  2. "Summertime" (DuBose Heyward, Ira Gershwin, and George Gershwin) (10:18)

Side Two

  1. "It Ain't Necessarily So" (George and Ira Gershwin) (19:55)



The album peaked at 30 on The Billboard 200.


  1. Liner notes to Atlantic Records 1380
  2. Down Beat:July 5, 1962 Vol. 29, No.14
  3. Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 130. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. Staff, Rovi. At the Village Gate – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved August 24, 2015.
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