To Love and Be Loved

Harold Mabern

Smoke Sessions Records

To Love and Be Loved reunites Mabern with 88-year-old drumming legend Jimmy Cobb, with whom he first played in Miles Davis’s band during a brief but memorable stint in 1963. The rhythm section is completed by the impeccably swinging bassist Nat Reeves, while the frontline features Mabern’s prize student and frequent collaborator Eric Alexander on tenor saxophone and, on three tracks, another Mabern protégé, trumpeter Freddie Hendrix. Master percussionist Cyro Baptista completes the line-up with a performance on the opening track.

1.    To Love and Be Loved
2.    If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You
3.    The Gigolo
4.    Inner Glimpse
5.    My Funny Valentine
6.    The Iron Man
7.    So What 
8.    I Get a Kick Out of You
9.    Dat Dere (solo piano)
10. Hitting’ the Jug 

“Mabern has irresistible charm as an improviser. He’s all power, touch and technique—a rare and wonderful artist on the piano. –Frank Alkyer, DownBeat

“Harold Mabern is one of our last living piano legends…His affinity for the blues, honed from Memphis, through the Windy City, and arrival in the Big Apple, make his piano playing a treat…Long live Harold Mabern.” –Jeff Krow, Audiophile Audition

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October 2017
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