COUNTING BEATS

Reviews and Recommended Jazz by Nick Bewsey

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HAROLD MABERN, AFRO BLUE

A WRTI CD RECOMMENDATION. Pianist Harold Mabern is a two-fisted swinger, a legendary presence presence on the many great Blue Note dates of the 60s who continues to add his distinctive groove to his many solo projects. Read my full review at www.wrti.org

JIMMY COBB, THE ORIGINAL MOB

Drummer Jimmy Cobb, an historically important musician who duly received an NEA Jazz Master award in 2009, needs no introduction. If his only connection to jazz was through Miles Davis and playing on Kind Of Blue in 1959, his reputation would still be assured, but Cobb’s career includes deep connections to John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery as well as most every important leader and jazz group since his five-year tenure with Miles. At 85, Cobb is still making music, most of it very good and with his own bands (Jimmy Cobb’s Mob, “So What” Tribute band) often comprised of intensely creative, younger players. Continue reading

HAROLD MABERN, RIGHT ON TIME

Pianist Harold Mabern’s Right On Time is an exuberant trio disc recorded live at Smoke Jazz and Supper Club on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, one of four exceptional debut releases from the club’s new label documenting their live shows. The initial offerings include albums by saxophonists Vincent Herring (The Uptown Shuffle), Javon Jackson (Expression) and pianist David Hazeltine (For All We Know), each of which capture that quintessential New York jazz club experience. Smoke owners and producers Frank Christopher and Paul Stache couldn’t have picked a finer talent than Harold Mabern to include in the launch of their venture. Continue reading

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