Harold Mabern

Wailin'

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This CD reissue combines together two sessions ('Workin' & Wailin' and Greasy Kid Stuff) led by pianist Harold Mabern during 1969-70. The first date utilizes trumpeter Virgil Jones, tenor-saxophonist George Coleman, bassist Buster Williams and drummer Idris Muhammad on four challenging Mabern originals and Johnny Mandel's "A Time for Love." However it is the second session that is most memorable for, in addition to Mabern, Williams and Muhammad, it features trumpeter Lee Morgan and flutist Hubert Laws; the latter mostly plays some surprisingly passionate tenor that makes one wish he had performed on tenor more through the years. Excellent advanced hard bop music that hints at fusion.

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