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Jazz - Released March 20, 2020 | Smoke Sessions

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Jazz - Released November 27, 2015 | Smoke Sessions

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Jazz - Released November 23, 2018 | Smoke Sessions

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Jazz - Released August 25, 2017 | Smoke Sessions

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Bebop - Released December 4, 2015 | Smoke Sessions

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Blues - Released September 11, 2012 | HighNote Records

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. Mabern's "Soft Shoe Trainin' with Sammy" fits the late entertainer perfectly, an upbeat dance number with the pianist emulating Davis' adept dancing, an intricate solo by Webber, and Alexander's robust tenor, all driven by Farnsworth's light brushwork. Alexander's vocal-like tenor is the centerpiece of the driving take of "Night Song." Mabern's touching piano solo of "Hey There" is elegant and romantic; it is easy to imagine an approving Davis standing by his side, singing with him. The rhythm section's subtle take of "What Kind of Fool Am I?" utilizes plenty of space, with Mabern's shimmering piano supported flawlessly by his bandmates. Hopefully this outstanding addition to Harold Mabern's discography will inspire U.S. labels to record the veteran on a more frequent basis. © Ken Dryden /TiVo
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Jazz - Released December 25, 1999 | Sackville

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1994 | Fantasy Records

This CD reissue combines together two sessions ('Workin' & Wailin' and Greasy Kid Stuff) led by pianist Harold Mabern during 1969-70. The first date utilizes trumpeter Virgil Jones, tenor-saxophonist George Coleman, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Idris Muhammad on four challenging Mabern originals and Johnny Mandel's "A Time for Love." However it is the second session that is most memorable for, in addition to Mabern, Williams and Muhammad, it features trumpeter Lee Morgan and flutist Hubert Laws; the latter mostly plays some surprisingly passionate tenor that makes one wish he had performed on tenor more through the years. Excellent advanced hard bop music that hints at fusion. © Scott Yanow /TiVo
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Jazz - Released December 2, 2005 | Sackville

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1995 | Sackville

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Jazz - Released January 25, 1995 | Sackville

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Jazz - Released April 25, 2014 | Deeds & Reeds Records

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Jazz - To be released December 3, 2021 | Smoke Sessions

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2006 | Sackville