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Herbie Fields gravitated toward an R&B conception in the fifties, and was disgruntled about his lack of success.
Vibist Terry Gibbs noted: “We played opposite a nine-piece band led by Herbie Fields at Birdland. He was a good tenor player but not in the bebop style. He was more of a "honker" and played what they called rhythm and blues. He did that very well but he wasn't a Birdland-style attraction.”
Pianist Bill Evans recalled: “In some ways he had been a forerunner of rock & roll. He was wiggling, jerking. Rock n' roll came, brought millions of dollars, but nothing for Herbie Fields.”
Fields died following an overdose of sleeping pills in
on September 17, 1958.
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