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Harold Mabern

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Early in his career, Mabern played in Chicago with MJT + 3 in the late 1950s and then moved to New York in 1959. Mabern has worked with Jimmy Forrest, Lionel Hampton, the Jazztet (1961-1962), Donald Byrd, Miles Davis (1963), J.J. Johnson (1963-1965), Lee Morgan (1965), Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Joe Williams (1966- 1967), and Sarah Vaughan. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Mabern led four albums for Prestige Records, performed with Lee Morgan, and recorded with Stanley Cowell's Piano Choir. Harold Mabern has recorded as a leader for DIW/Columbia and Sackville and toured with the Contemporary Piano Ensemble (1993-1995). A longtime faculty member at William Paterson College, Mabern is a frequent instructor at Stanford Jazz Workshop. Saxophonist Eric Alexander was one of Mabern's students at William Pattereson in the late 1980s

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Article: Album Review

Mike Clark, Leon Lee Dorsey: Blues on Top

Read "Blues on Top" reviewed by Jack Bowers


While drummer Mike Clark and bassist Leon Lee Dorsey are the nominal leaders on Blues on Top, the album's subtitle —"featuring Mike LeDonne"—speaks volumes about its import and rationale. Without LeDonne at the keyboard, Clark and Dorsey would have to amplify their rhythmic talents to compensate for the absence of a secure melodic presence. Luckily, they ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Kaldestad: Live at Frankie's Jazz Club

Read "Live at Frankie's Jazz Club" reviewed by Jack Bowers


On his fourth album for Cellar Music, western Canada-based tenor saxophonist Steve Kaldestad plays “Con Alma." He also plays con alma--in English, “with soul"—not only on Dizzy Gillespie's paean to human life's animating principle but throughout a more than hour-long concert at Frankie's Jazz Club in Vancouver, wherein he leads an exemplary quartet whose members are ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Kaldestad: Live at Frankie's Jazz Club

Read "Live at Frankie's Jazz Club" reviewed by Edward Blanco


A Port Moody, British Columbia-based tenor saxophonist and educator at Capilano University, Steve Kaldestad is one of the most in-demand musicians in the Canadian jazz scene and Live at Frankie's Jazz Club is his fourth album on the Cellar Live label. Like most musicians affected by the pandemic, working during these trying times has been limited ...

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Article: Album Review

Alexander Claffy: Good Spirits

Read "Good Spirits" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Bassist Alexander Claffy's quintet dashes from the starting gate on Good Spirits with a fiery reading of McCoy Tyner's propulsive “Inner Glimpse," setting the tone for a bright and animated session whose spirit is undeniably good. The album was recorded “live" (no audience) at GB's Juke Joint in New York City “at the height of the ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Alberto Pibiri: Living His Jazz Dreamlife

Read "Alberto Pibiri: Living His Jazz Dreamlife" reviewed by Schaen Fox


Alberto Pibiri is strongly influenced by Oscar Peterson as well as earlier virtuoso pianists, but has his own style. Happily, his lifelong goal was to settle here in the United States, but his kind of talent would shine and stand out anywhere. All About Jazz: Just where in Italy are you from?

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Old Jazz, New Jazz, Obscure Jazz

Read "Old Jazz, New Jazz, Obscure Jazz" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show features a combination of newer jazz releases, older classic artists and a few obscurities. Music is heard from, among others, Julie Driscoll (Tippetts), Arturo O'Farrill, Eric Alexander, Joe Rosenberg, Betty Carter and the Don Rendell / Ian Carr Quintet. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The ...

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Thank You Mr. Mabern!

Label: Jazz Avenue 1
Released: 2020
Track listing: Rakin’ and Scrapin’; Simone; Bye Bye Blackbird; Summertime; ’m Walkin; Softly As A Morning Sunrise; Misty; Moment’s Notice.

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The Complete Live at the Lighthouse

Label: Blue Note Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Friday, July 10, 1970: Introduction by Lee Morgan; The Beehive; Introduction; Something Like This; Yunjana; Speedball; I Remember Britt; Introduction; Absolutions; Speedball; Introduction; Neophilia; Introduction; 416 East 10th Street; The Sidewinder; Speedball; Introduction; Peyote; Speedball.


Saturday, July 11, 1970: Aon (13:47) Introduction; Yunjana; Introduction; Something Like This; Introduction; I Remember Britt; Introduction; The Beehive; Speedball; Neophilia; Nommo; Peyote; Absolutions.
Sunday, July 12, 1970: Introduction; Something Like This; Introduction; Yunjana; I Remember Britt; Absolutions; Speedball; Introduction; Neophilia; Introduction; The Beehive; Speedball; Peyote; Nommo.

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Understanding

Label: Reel To Real
Released: 2021
Track listing: Disc One: Side A: Prelude to Understanding; Side B: Understanding.
Disc Two: Side C: Billie's Bounce; Side D: Zoltan.
Disc Three: Side E: Taurus Woman; Side F: Taurus Woman (Continuation); The Theme.


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