I've long been curious about the release of Summertime... It was 1971, a good year into Herb's "retirement." So was this one final album that was in the works before he disbanded the brass, juast quickly whipped out for a fast buck or to keep his name out there??? Or was it a bunch of previously unreleased tracks from 1969 to 1970 that were put together, essentially a "prototype" of the distant future Lost Treasures album?
I've thought about that too.... but since the Summertime doesn't really sound like anything from the albums that came ahead of it, it seems to have been recorded separately. The Lost Treasures album can often (usually?) be sort-of guesstimated as to when the tracks were recorded by comparing them to other similar-sounding tracks....but the backing instrumentation on Summertime is quite different from The Brass Are Comin' and Warm. Some (not all) of the Summertime tunes sound like demos to me. The album has such a casual feel to it.