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A veteran of numerous straight-ahead jazz, R&B, and pop sessions, drummer/composer Harvey Mason revisits his own fusion past on Chameleon. The Fourplay cofounder gathered both his peers and next-generation players for this revisitation of electric jazz classics from the '70s. The late Grover Washington Jr.’s “Black Frost” opens the proceedings as Kamasi Washington (no relation) takes up tenor saxophone duties with a throaty approach. Kris Bowers and Cory King’s twin keyboard work anchors Mason’s pulsating drumming, which is also heard on that first Washington recording from 1974. “Montara,” Bobby Hutcherson’s breezy classic from a year later, is up next. Mason skillfully handles both Hutcherson’s iconic vibraphone role and the drumming (as he did on the original). The title track closes with an assist from Headhunter and legendary reed man Bill Summers, who reprises the breathy hinedewho introduction to “Watermelon Man” on this jazz-funk standard.

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A Masterpiece

Mase thank you! This is an amazing album, every track is inspiring and captivating!
-Gary Stanionis


I purchased Harvey Mason's Chameleon in it

entirety earlier in May and now 2
Tracks on the album have mysteriously disappeared from my purchase.What is up with that?


Born: February 22, 1947 in Atlantic City, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Throughout his career, Harvey Mason has been a busy studio musician and a highly versatile drummer able to excel in many different situations. Mason attended Berklee and graduated from the New England Conservatory. Early gigs included four months with Erroll Garner in 1970 and a year with George Shearing from 1970-1971. Soon after leaving Shearing, Mason moved to Los Angeles and quickly became established in the studios, working in films and television. In addition to his anonymous work through the...
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