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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

Thank You Mr. Mabern!

Label: Jazz Avenue
Released: 2021
Track listing: Rakin’ and Scrapin’; Simone; Bye Bye Blackbird; Summertime; ’m Walkin; Softly As A Morning Sunrise; Misty; Moment’s Notice.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Leon Lee Dorsey: Thank You Mr. Mabern!

Read "Thank You Mr. Mabern!" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

He's studied classical double bass with Ron Carter and he's played alongside many of our most revered, among them Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, andCassandra Wilson. Still, bassist/composer/arrangerLeon Lee Dorsey's name doesn't roll off everyone lips when discussing the top ranks of today's foremost, fearless bassists. But here's breaking news: Dorsey's got himself one hell of a ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Celebrated Bassist and Producer Leon Lee Dorsey Announces the Release of 'Thank You, Mr. Mabern!,' A Trio Recording Featuring The Late Jazz Luminary Harold Mabern

Celebrated Bassist and Producer Leon Lee Dorsey Announces the Release of 'Thank You, Mr. Mabern!,' A Trio Recording Featuring The Late Jazz Luminary Harold Mabern

Leon Lee Dorsey is pleased to announce the release of Thank You, Mr. Mabern! Recorded in July 2019, two months prior to the passing of jazz luminary Harold Mabern, the album is the swan song for the great pianist and composer, his final recording. This posthumous release is not only Dorsey’s personal farewell to Mabern, it ...

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: ALBUM REVIEW

Bobby Wiens: Talking Drums

Read "Talking Drums" reviewed by Jack Bowers

If drums could talk, Bobby Wiens' kit would no doubt have some nice things to say about how he enlivened and supported his teammates on this tasteful quintet date that was recorded in July 2020, with masks and social distancing, at the UNC Studios in Greeley, CO. Apparently, the quintet were then students at the University ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The George Coleman Quintet: In Baltimore

Read "In Baltimore" reviewed by Pierre Giroux

Tenor saxophonist George Coleman is an artist who plays with both proficiency and comprehension, but has been under-recognized as a major figure in post-bop jazz. In this Reel To Real 180 gram LP release, co-produced by Cory Weeds and Zev Feldman, Coleman and his cohorts trumpeter Danny Moore, pianist Albert Dailey, bassist Larry Ridley and drummer ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Mark Helias, Ernesto Jodos, Ken Stubbs, Alex Massa and more

Read "Mark Helias, Ernesto Jodos, Ken Stubbs, Alex Massa and more" reviewed by Bob Osborne

A look to the past and one to the future this week, as we feature a re-released 1994 album from Mark Helias and new sounds via the ears&eyes label from Ernesto Jodos, and Alex Massa. I continue my examination of recent releases from Ken Stubbs, and there's a new one on Posi-tone from Doug Webb, plus ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

The Rhythm Bombers of Manassas High - Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, Harold Mabern

Read "The Rhythm Bombers of Manassas High - Charles Lloyd, George Coleman, Harold Mabern" reviewed by Russell Perry

On September 20, 2019, tenor giant Charles Lloyd wrote, “I am quite at a loss to express the acute pain I feel learning about the departure of my brother and long time friend, Harold Mabern. This hits very close to home--we go back to the early 1950s when we were both members of the Rhythm Bombers ...


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