Harold Mabern is one of jazz’s most enduring and dazzlingly skilled pianists. Born in Memphis, he was an unsung hero of the 1960s hardbop scene, but only in recent years has he begun to garner appreciation for his long-running legacy in jazz and the understated power of his talent. During his over half-century on the scene as sideman and leader, he has played and recorded with such greats as Lee Morgan, Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, Freddie Hubbard and Miles Davis, just to name a few. Mabern joins up with Vancouver’s Corry Weeds Trio for what promises to be one of the finest evenings of jazz ArtSpring has heard in years.
“Mabern’s piano style is aggressive, very positive, crashing out chords that drop like pile drivers, and warming up and down the keyboard with huge, whooping bursts of action.” – John Wilson, New York Times