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Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (2015)

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Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (2015)

Harold Mabern - Afro Blue (2015)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 507 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 199 Mb
Full Scans | 01:09:39 | RAR 5% Recovery
Vocal Jazz, Bop, Piano Jazz | Smoke Sessions Records #SSR-1503

Harold Mabern's second release on Smoke Sessions Records, Afro Blue, is a very special recording featuring guest vocalists Gregory Porter, Norah Jones, Jane Monheit, Kurt Elling, and Alexis Cole. The chemistry of these artists with Harold the sound of his piano voicings combined with their voices is extraordinary. Well-known in jazz circles as a consummate accompanist for instrumental soloists, The Mabe also has a special gift for sensitive and supportive playing behind singers. It's something he takes pride in and has been doing since he first hit the stage at Birdland half a century ago with Betty Carter.

Harold Mabern Trio - Don't Know Why (2003) [Reissue 2010]

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Harold Mabern Trio - Don't Know Why (2003) [Reissue 2010]

Harold Mabern Trio - Don't Know Why (2003) [Reissue 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 425 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 137 MB | Covers - 38 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Venus Records (VHCD-78140)

It's difficult not to break into a smile when hearing Harold Mabern play piano, as the hard bop stylist has a knack for giving his all as if he were entertaining an audience, even during a studio date. This trio meeting with bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth finds Mabern covering a lot of styles, including a few surprising choices. He takes Peter Brown's disco hit "Dance with Me" into new ground with a brisk arrangement incorporating funk, Latin, and driving post-bop. Jesse Harris' soft ballad "Don't Know Why" was a huge hit for singer/pianist Norah Jones on her platinum-selling CD Come Away with Me, though Mabern infuses it with a brighter tempo and a bit of country flavor, plus just a hint of gospel. For most jazz musicians, it's hard to avoid a modal approach to "My Favorite Things" since John Coltrane reworked it into that setting…

Harold Mabern Trio - Falling In Love With Love (2002) [Reissue 2010]

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Harold Mabern Trio - Falling In Love With Love (2002) [Reissue 2010]

Harold Mabern Trio - Falling In Love With Love (2002) [Reissue 2010]
EAC Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 386 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 133 MB | Covers - 30 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Venus Records (VHCD-78126)

Harold Mabern and his piano join together with George Mraz, bass, and Joe Farnsworth, drums, to compile a 10-track CD full of jazz's favorite staples from Harold Arlen, Michael Leonard and many more!

Harold Mabern - The Leading Man (1995)

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Harold Mabern - The Leading Man (1995)

Harold Mabern - The Leading Man (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 350 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 150 Mb
Covers Included | 01:01:38 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Hard Bop, Soul-Jazz | Columbia #COL 477288 2

Since his emergence onto the New York scene in 1959, pianist Harold Mabern has become one of the few true living jazz stylists on the piano. Having played with everyone from Lionel Hampton to Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery, and Lee Morgan, Mabern has the experience and the depth of knowledge sufficient to be called a master. There is no one on the scene who sounds like him, and his sense of lyricism, rhythm, time, and the entire range of dynamics in his playing attract other players as well as listeners. The Leading Man, issued in 1993, is considered a classic, both for its selection of material and the performances of the various ensembles Mabern assembled for the date. But there is something else, too – nowhere in Mabern's recorded catalog is there a performance like this from him.

Harold Mabern - To Love And Be Loved (2017)

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Harold Mabern - To Love And Be Loved (2017)

Harold Mabern - To Love And Be Loved (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 458 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 165 Mb
Full Scans | 01:04:47 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Soul-Jazz | Smoke Sessions Records #SSR-1706

Legendary composer, arranger, pianist, educator, and leader Harold Mabern returns with another Smoke Sessions recording, the engaging album “To Love and Be Loved”. He brings a sextet of exceptional musicians featuring the fabulous tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb of Miles Davis “Kind of Blue” fame, protean trumpet master Freddie Hendrix, and the facile double bassist Nat Reeves, with percussionist Cyro Baptista, in his only appearance, enlivening the song, “To Love and Be Loved”. Mixing up the musicians, Mabern uses quartet, quintet, and sextet sized configurations, and plus a mesmerizing solo piano performance. This recording also especially provides more examples of the power, invention, and empathy that is shown by the long-term Harold Mabern and Eric Alexander association which has enlivened so many wonderful recordings.

Harold Mabern & Geoff Keezer - For Phineas (1995)

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Harold Mabern & Geoff Keezer - For Phineas (1995)

Harold Mabern & Geoff Keezer - For Phineas (1995)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 291 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 172 Mb
Scans Included | 01:05:12 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz | Sackville Recordings #SKCD2-2041

Duo piano performances always have the possibility of being overcrowded, too dense and a bit directionless. Fortunately, this live set from the Montreal Bistro in Toronto, Canada avoids the potential flaws. Pianists Harold Mabern and Geoff Keezer (who also comprise 2/5ths of the Contemporary Piano Ensemble) have complementary styles and blend together quite well on the set. Dedicated to Phineas Newborn, with two of Newborn's songs included ("Jate" and "While My Lady Sleeps"), there are also selections by Leroy Vinnegar, Duke Pearson ("Jeannine"), Nat Cole and Mabern ("Rakin' & Scrapin"). Mabern takes Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick Out of You" as his feature, while Keezer is showcased solo on Thad Jones' "Consummation." A swinging high-quality set within the modern mainstream.

Harold Mabern - Mabern Plays Coltrane (2021)

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Harold Mabern - Mabern Plays Coltrane (2021)

Harold Mabern - Mabern Plays Coltrane (2021)
XLD Rip | FLAC (image+.cue+log) - 466 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps (LAME 3.93) - 153 MB | Covers - 9 MB
Genre: Jazz, Bop, Hard Bop | RAR 3% Rec. | Label: Smoke Sessions Records (SSR-2107)

Mabern Plays Coltrane is a vibrant live recording of the late, great Harold Mabern performing the music of John Coltrane featuring an all-star sextet with Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, Steve Davis, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth.
Harold held a special reverence for John Coltrane. "He was very influential in my life and my playing, too," he once said. "After being around him and seeing what a great human being he was - man, I wish the whole world could have known John Coltrane."
Mabern Plays Coltrane is culled from the final three-nights of a three-week residency at Smoke’s annual year ending John Coltrane Festival that started in 2017 ended with these performances that Mabern and the band played in January 2018…

Harold Mabern - Mabern Plays Coltrane (2021)

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Harold Mabern - Mabern Plays Coltrane (2021)

Harold Mabern - Mabern Plays Coltrane (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 446 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 149 Mb | 01:05:02
Jazz, Hard Bop | Label: Smoke Sessions Records

MABERN PLAYS COLTRANE IS A VIBRANT LIVE RECORDING of the late, great Harold Mabern performing the music of John Coltrane featuring an all-star sextet with Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, Steve Davis, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth.

Harold Mabern - Mr. Lucky: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. (2012)

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Harold Mabern -  Mr. Lucky: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. (2012)

Harold Mabern - Mr. Lucky: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. (2012)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 411 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 138 Mb
Full Scans | 00:54:20 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Hard Bop | HighNote Records #HCD 7237

It was hard to miss Sammy Davis Jr. during the 1960s, as he was prominent on the radio with a number of hits, as well as singing, dancing, and doing comedy on TV and acting in films. Yet the contributions of this talented entertainer have been overlooked since his death in 1990. Harold Mabern has long thought of paying tribute to him and this 2012 release conveys the joy of Davis on-stage, even without vocals. The pianist is joined by tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander, bassist John Webber, and drummer Joe Farnsworth, with a mix of songs from musicals, movies and Davis' hit records. The quartet's swinging take of "Mr. Lucky" features strong solos by Mabern and Alexander, a working relationship that dates back to the dawn of the tenor saxophonist's career two decades earlier.

Harold Mabern - Joy Spring (1985)

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Harold Mabern - Joy Spring (1985)

Harold Mabern - Joy Spring (1985)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 288 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 154 Mb
Covers Included | 01:00:04 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Hard Bop | Sackville Recordings #SKCD2-2016

Harold Mabern, a superior hard bop pianist, had a rare opportunity to perform a set of unaccompanied solos for this Sackville release. Recorded live from Toronto's Café des Copains and originally broadcast on the radio, Mabern performs six jazz standards (including "Joy Spring," "Pent Up House" and Wayne Shorter's "House of Jade") and a pair of bluesy originals. Although Mabern sounds most comfortable in a trio, he has always been enough of a two-handed player to play solo; he readily acknowledges the influences of Phineas Newborn and Ahmad Jamal.

Harold Mabern / Kieran Overs - Philadelphia Bound (1992)

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Harold Mabern / Kieran Overs - Philadelphia Bound (1992)

Harold Mabern / Kieran Overs - Philadelphia Bound (1992)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Img) + Cue + Log ~ 251 Mb | MP3 CBR320 ~ 162 Mb
Covers Included | 01:03:11 | RAR 5% Recovery
Jazz, Hard Bop, Piano Jazz | Sackville Recordings #SKCD2-3051

Pianist Harold Mabern and bassist Kieran Overs, although from Memphis and Canada, respectively, explore ten songs written by jazz musicians from Philadelphia on this CD, plus Mabern's "Edward Lee." While a few of the tunes are fairly well known in jazz (particularly Lee Morgan's "Ceora" and Benny Golson's "Whisper Not"), most of the others are obscure. Mabern and Overs work quite well together, with the bassist adding stimulating lines to the pianist's solos and having some good solo spots himself. Since Mabern, whose modern chord voicings are fresh and personal while influenced a bit by McCoy Tyner, has not recorded enough during his long career, this set is a valuable addition to his discography. A special highlight is his unaccompanied version of Cal Massey's "The Cry of My People."