Ned Mann, Finding My Way Home [Interactive Records]

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects an estimated 30,000 Americans, including the late Charles Mingus and Toto bassist Mike Porcaro.
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ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects an estimated 30,000 Americans, including the late Charles Mingus and Toto bassist Mike Porcaro. It also cut short the career of Gotham doubler Ned Mann, who has released this potent 2-CD set to raise money and awareness for the disease. Using new SmartNav PC technology that gives him full control of his mouse via head movement, Ned mixed and post-produced the electric and acoustic sessions that make up each CD. The 8-cut electric disc boasts Will Lee’s fretless on the title track, MarkEgan’s fretless on the Don Grolnick- tinged “Ring of Truth,” and Ned himself, from 1999, flaunting his groove prowess on “Blessing In Disguise.” Among the 8-track acoustic disc’s highlights are Rufus Reid bowing and blowing on “Blue In Green,” dueting with (Ned’s brother) alto saxophonist Dave Mann on Oscar Pettiford’s “Tricotism,” and guiding tenor saxophonist Tim Ries’s harmonic overhaul of “What’s New.”


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