Harold Mabern, Jr.
(b. 3/20/36 - Memphis, TN)
His career started in Chicago with the MJT + 3 in the late '50s and then he 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), Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Wes Montgomery, Joe Williams (1966-1967), and Sarah Vaughan. During the two year period from 1968 to 1970, Mabern recorded four albums for Prestige (including Wailin'). He was with Lee Morgan in the early '70s, recording a few notable Blue Note gems with him, including The Gigolo and Live at The Lighthouse. In 1972, he recorded with Stanley Cowell's Piano Choir and from 1993-95 he toured with the Contemporary Piano Ensemble.
Title: A Few Miles from Memphis
Also of note on this CD: "A Treat for Bea" is in honor of Harold's wife, to whom he's been married for decades, and Bill Lee is Spike Lee's dad!
Harold is still making incredible music these days and can be found often performing at Smoke Jazz Club in Manhattan.
|Title: Nightlife in Tokyo
Personnel: Eric Alexander (tenor sax), Harold Mabern (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums).
Comments: Nightlife in Tokyo is actually not a live album, but takes the title from one of Harold's tunes. Eric Alexander has made some impressive recordings (Mode For Mabes, First Milestone, Second Milestone, and Summit Meeting) over the past few years that feature Harold, his mentor from his days at William Patterson University. And Harold has taken advantage of these recording opportunities to really show us that his best playing days are happening right now! Harold is a MUST SEE in the world of jazz. Don't miss the opportunity to be touched by this great artist.
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