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Harold Mabern

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

Mabern Plays Mabern

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Mr. Johnson; The Iron Man; Lover Man; The Lyrical Cole-Man; Edward Lee; It's Magic; The Beehive; Rakin' and Scrapin'.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Bird at 100: Rudresh Mahanthappa, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring and More

Read "Bird at 100:  Rudresh Mahanthappa, Joe Lovano, Vincent Herring and More" reviewed by Russell Perry

Charlie Parker was born 100 years ago (August 29, 1920). Although he died at the age of 34 in 1955, his legacy is so powerful that jazz would have been very different without his contributions. In the intervening 65 years, Bird's music has continued to influence and inspire several generations of players and fans. In the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Harold Mabern: Mabern Plays Mabern

Read "Mabern Plays Mabern" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A tad more subdued than the barn-burning The Iron Man: Live At Smoke (Smoke Sessions Records, 2019), Mabern Plays Mabern still manages to jump full throttle from where that defining recording left us, with a lush, lyrical intensity and a vital, legacy-culling energy which plays as an exquisite coda to the pianist's long, outstanding career.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Hank Mobley: The Complete Hank Mobley Blue Note Sessions 1963-70

Read "The Complete Hank Mobley Blue Note Sessions 1963-70" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

The music world has changed considerably since Michael Cuscuna and Charlie Lourie founded their boutique reissue label Mosaic Records back in 1983. From its inception, vinyl was still the preferred format, shortly to be overtaken by the popularity of the compact disc. At the cusp of vinyl's recent resurgence, Mosaic briefly got back into that format ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

My Dear Acquaintance - A Happy New Year

Read "My Dear Acquaintance - A Happy New Year" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

My last broadcast of the decade included several women-penned songs for New Years Eve, with new releases by Boogaloo Joe Jones, Kris Davis and Cathy Segal-Garcia, plus birthday shout outs to Cab Calloway, Una Mae Carlisle, Chris McNulty, Katie Bull, Annie Lennox and Janice Friedman, among others. Also remembering those artists lost in 2019 with a ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2019

Read "In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2019" reviewed by Maxim Micheliov

In Memoriam: Jazz Musicians Who Passed in 2019 As 2019 comes to a close, we wanted to take a moment to remember the extraordinarily gifted musicians who made an indelible mark on jazz. With sadness, we bid farewell to Joao Gilberto, Doris Day, Andre Previn, Michel Legrand, Ginger Baker, Steve Dalachinsky, Jacques Loussier, Joseph ...

The Iron Man: Live At Smoke

Label: Smoke Sessions Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Disc 1: A Few Miles From Memphis; I Get A Kick Out of You; I Know That You Know; I Remember Clifford; T-Bomne Steak; Almost Like Being in Love; Dear Lord. Disc 2: Nightlife in Tokyo; She's Ou of My Life; How Insensitive; Mr. P.C.; On a Clear day (You Can See Forever); You Are Too Beautiful; Rakin' and Scrapin'.

AkBank Jazz Festival 2019

Read "AkBank Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Francesco Martinelli

AkBank Jazz Festival Istanbul, Turkey October 18-25 2019 I arrived in Istanbul during the world-wide outrage that followed the United States pull-out from Syria and the consequent military intervention by Turkey. The new humongous airport looked rather empty compared to the crowded spaces of the old one; the trip to ...


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