Harvey Mason – 1975 – Marching In The Street
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Mason has played on literally hundreds, possibly thousands of records, from the 60’s to the present. Everything from solo efforts like this one to Whitney Houston records in the 80’s.
Jazz-funk chops are way out front on this outing and it holds shelf space nicely with the like of the Headhunters, Donald Byrd or Miles Davis fusion. Not surprisingly, Mason played with at least 2 of the aforementioned three. Plus, the accompaniment on this record reads like a who’s who of jazz-funk luminaries from the 70’s.
By far Harvey’s best performance I’ve heard on a record is on “Love’s So Far Away“, from Donald Byrd’s “Blackbyrd” album. The beat the man keeps up for this tune is some intricate kit work you’re not likely to hear anywhere west of Bernard Purdie.