Tuesday July 29, 2014

Harvey Mason

Our CD of the month comes from one of the top drummers in jazz and just so happens to be an overall WEAA favorite. I’m talking about drummer Harvey Mason’s latest CD “Chameleon”, which can be found on Concord Records. The title track of the CD is a tune that he co –wrote with NEA Jazzmaster, pianist, composer and educator Herbie Hancock. Matter of fact, all of the material recorded on this CD are either tunes that Harvey wrote or co-wrote over his 5 decades in the business as he’s still going strong.

Before becoming one of the founding members and 1/4th of the jazz powerhouse known as FOURPLAY, Harvey Mason was playing and writing for some of the top musicians and vocalist across genres. On Chameleon he revisits Donald Byrd’s “Places and Spaces”, Grover Washington Jr’s  “Black Frost”, Bobby Hutcherson’s “Montara” and one of my favorite’s on the CD, Leon Ware’s “If I Ever Loose this Heaven”.

What I love about this CD is the fact that Harvey is solidifying the growth of the musicians in this art form that we call jazz. He reaches out and brings in a new generation of rising stars in trumpeter Christian Scott, vocalist Chris Turner and an incredible keyboardist who’s name is popping up on several notable projects these days, his name is Kris Turner (be on the lookout for him). This release allows you to relieve some memories as well as enjoy the growth of these tunes as they are presented with fresh arrangements. Listen in all month long to hear new tracks from the latest release of Harvey Mason, Chameleon, our CD of the Month her on WEAA.

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