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  • Robert J. Carmack wrote on May 09, 2007 report

    I thoroughly enjoyed this interview with one of my favorite pianist, Harold Mabern.I'm in total agreement on how they treated Phineas. I first got introduced to Harold in the late 60s as a sideman with Lee Morgan.After catching a night at The Lighthouse in California with Lee Morgan,summer 1970. I wound up going about 6 nights of the two week stint.They were recording on certain nights, which later became a classic Blue Note album. I paid particular attention to the cohesion between Harold, Jymmie Merritt and Mickey Roker. Harold is remarkable at comping between the soloists. He's definitely in the house with McCoy Tyner,Barry Harris,Walter Bishop and Tommy Flanagan.

    I'd also have to toss Kenny Barron in there as well. Harold brought to the surface what I've been thinking all along, He's a blues man with a deep understanding of Jazz. Listen to him underneath Lee Morgan
    on the Gigolo's,You Go To My Head;Mabern's left-hand was definitely at work on the title track,The Gigolo,and Speedball.Lately I try to catch him when he comes to the Stanford Jazz Festival workshops, along with young Erik Alexander.

    Last point, while you're at it pick up Cecil Payne's CDs with Harold and Erik. Keep swingin' Harold!