Surprises (Herbie Mann album)

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Surprises Herbie Mann featuring Cissy Houston album cover.jpg
Studio album by Herbie Mann
Released 1976
Recorded 1973-76
Dynamic Studios in Kingston, Jamaica, Mori Studios in Tokyo, Japan, Media Sound Studios in NYC and Atlantic Recording Studios in NYC
Genre Jazz fusion, rhythm and blues
Length 39:44
Label Atlantic
SD 1682
Producer Herbie Mann
Herbie Mann chronology
Reggae II
(1976)Reggae II1976

Surprises is an album by jazz flautist Herbie Mann featuring singer Cissy Houston which was released on the Atlantic label in 1976.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide2/5 stars[3]

The Allmusic site awarded the album 3 stars.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Herbie Mann except as indicated

  1. "Draw Your Breaks" (Derrick Harriott, David Scott) - 4:50
  2. "Cajun Moon" (JJ Cale) - 6:17
  3. "Creepin" (Stevie Wonder) - 5:00
  4. "Easter Rising" (Pat Rebillot, Pat Kirby) - 4:40
  5. "Asa Branca" (Luiz Gonzaga, Humberto Texeira, Luís Oliveira) - 3:55
  6. "The Sound of Windwood" - 2:34
  7. "Cricket Dance" - 4:17
  8. "The Butterfly in a Stone Garden" - 5:19
  9. "Anata (I Wish You Were Here with Me)" (Akiko Kosaka) - 3:07



The album peaked at #32 on the Billboard Jazz Album chart, #56 on the Billboard R&B Album chart, and #178 on the Billboard 200.

Liner notes[edit]

From the liner notes: "Cissy Houston. Only now is she beginning to emerge from her cocoon after so many years with the Drinkards and the Sweet Inspirations. showcased here like a star-in-waiting."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Atlantic Records Catalog: 1600 series accessed September 1, 2015
  2. ^ a b Allmusic listing accessed September 1, 2015
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 130. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  • Surprises, Herbie Mann. Atlantic Records SD 1682 (1976) (album cover and liner notes)

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