Harold Mabern Trio / Harold Mabern

Maya with Love

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Maya With Love reunites the powerful trio that Harold Mabern assembled in 1997 to record his Mabern's Grooveyard album. Like that recording, this current offering makes the most of the talents of all three players to produce music that is a whirling stream of power. The percussive nature of Mabern's playing is highlighted on the boogie-woogie style of "Boogie for Al McShawn," while the young lion Christian McBride steps out from the background with some impressive bowing on "Lament." Tony Reedus provides a rhythmic framework to hang the whole work on with his impressive and intricate percussion work, but the biggest treat comes when Mabern veers away from his signature style to produce songs of surprising delicacy and grace like the title track, "To Maya Glenne With Love," which employs a fluid classical style that is full of tenderness to pay tribute to his infant granddaughter. That track, which also opens the album, sets the stage for a supreme performance that is full of joy and makes this artist's relative obscurity seem criminal.

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