Tag Archives: harveymason

Will Downing’s Jazz Odyssey

Will Downing’s string of three fantastic albums from 1990 to 1995 (A Dream Fulfilled, Love’s The Place To Be and Moods) are almost completely forgotten now – a real oversight. Downing came out of the New York mid-’80s session scene, singing on countless jingles and short-lived studio projects, but hit on a formula of sorts […]

Harvey Mason @ Ronnie Scott’s, 13th May 2017

Who’s the most-recorded drummer in music history? Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Jeff Porcaro and Hal Blaine would make pretty good bets, but I’d raise you Harvey Mason. He’s played on some of the all-time-great jazz/funk sides: ‘Westchester Lady‘, ‘Chameleon’, ‘Some Skunk Funk‘ and ‘Breezin‘; played pure jazz with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan and smooth […]

Rescued From The Vaults: Bennie Maupin’s Moonscapes/Slow Traffic To The Right

Mention the name Bennie Maupin to a certain generation of jazz fans and you’re likely to get a raised eyebrow followed by a sharp intake of breath. He’s pure class. His baritone, soprano and tenor sax work on seminal Miles Davis albums Bitches Brew and Big Fun as well as Herbie Hancock‘s Head Hunters would be […]