What could be better than Joe Farnsworth, John Webber, Eric Alexander and Harold Mabern in a recording studio? Well, nothing….I guess hearing them live would equal that or be better. Mabes as he is affectionately known has been the subject of more than one blog post of mine. His new record MR. LUCKY: A Tribute To Sammy Davis Jr. is phenomenal. Kudos to the folks at High Note record with whom I have had many squabbles over the years for recognizing the underrated genius that Harold Mabern is and putting this record out. The cover is fantastic to.
Hopefully my good friends at Downbeat and Jazz Times will recognize that with all due respect to Robert Glasper, Brad Mehldau, Jason Moran and a host of others Harold Mabern deserves to be on every cover of jazz magazines throughout the world. He really is an amazing man and is at the top of his game as evidenced by this recording. Yes, its typical for a studio recording…geared for radio play, short tunes, no real stretching out but the way Mabes tackles the material and presents it is awesome.