Harold Mabern: Maya With Love
The trio chose to record a few originals alongside some classics that include Kenny Dorham’s “Blue Bossa,” Richard Rogers’ “You Are Too Beautiful,” J.J Johnson’s “Lament,” Cole Porter’s “Begin The Beguine,” and Gigi Gryce’s “Hymn Of The Orient.” Producers James Williams (another Memphis guy) and Kazunori Sugiyama suggestions of titles and Mabern’s arrangements inspire the trio. Mabern displays some fine boogie-woogie piano on “Boogie For McShann,” as well as a classical yet child’s touch on the title track. His playing is infused with a joyful exuberance. Sideman to the likes of Lionel Hampton, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, Lee Morgan, and, of late tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, Mabern, like Tommy Flanagan, is stepping out of the shadows to accept the accolades he deserves.
Track List:To Maya Glenne With Love; You Are Too Beautiful; Hymn Of The Orient; A Song For Connie; Lament; Boogie For All McShann; Speak Low; Little Girl Blue; Blue Bossa; Maybe September; Begin The Beguine.
Personnel: Harold Mabern
Record Label: DIW