Chameleon [Bonus Tracks]

Chameleon [Bonus Tracks]

by Harvey Mason Sr.Harvey Mason Sr.


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Harvey Mason's 2014 effort, Chameleon, is an expansive and funky album that finds the journeyman jazz drummer exploring the space between the '70s post-bop/fusion albums that marked his early career and the contemporary smooth jazz work that has defined the latter half of his career. Having started out playing with the masterful pianist Erroll Garner, Mason eventually join Herbie Hancock's legendary Headhunters ensemble, with whom he recorded the original version of this album's title track. And while he went on to a successful career working with a bevy of artists including Lee Ritenour, George Benson, and others, it is primarily his work with Hancock that is Mason's focus here. In fact, Mason has put together a group of adept musicians rivaling the original Headhunters lineup, including original Headhunters percussionist Bill Summers, trumpeter Christian Scott, saxophonist Kamasi Washington, Fender Rhodes keyboardist Kris Bowers, bassist Ben Williams, and others. Together, Mason and his band delve deep into a batch of original songs and well-chosen covers by such similarly inclined crossover jazz giants as Bobby Hutcherson, Patrice Rushen, and the Mizell Brothers. And while Mason's organic, chilled-out take on the title track (replete with Summers' atmospheric vocals and Hinda Hu whistle) is a highlight, it's merely the tip of this funk-berg. Similarly engaging are such cuts as the synth-driven, '80s video game funk of "Mase's Theme" and the yearning, alternative R&B-infused reworking of Leon Ware's "If I Ever Lose This Heaven," featuring vocalist Chris Turner. We also get the moody, sensuous "Black Frost," with its synth-layered groove that still allows for a muscular, skronk-laden solo from Washington. Ultimately, as the title implies, Chameleon is a joyful album that combines the best aspects of Mason's musically colorful, ever-changing career.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/2014
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072341135
catalogNumber: 34113
Rank: 96190

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harvey Mason   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Synthesizer Bass
John Beasley   Piano
Bill Summers   Percussion,Vocals
Jimmy Haslip   Electric Bass
Paul Jackson   Electric Bass
Christian Scott   Trumpet
Mark de Clive-Lowe   Synthesizer,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass
Guillaume Perret   Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone
Kamasi Washington   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Corey King   Synthesizer,Trombone,Vocals
Kris Bowers   Synthesizer,fender rhodes
Matthew Stevens   Guitar
Chris Turner   Vocals
Ben Williams   Electric Bass

Technical Credits

Patrice Rushen   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Bob James   Composer
Bennie Maupin   Composer
Bill Summers   Arranger,Composer,Whistle
Chris Dunn   Producer,Executive Producer
Bobby Hutcherson   Composer
Paul Jackson   Composer
Harvey Mason   Composer,Producer
Fonce Mizell   Composer
Larry Mizell   Composer
Pam Sawyer   Composer
Grover Washington   Composer
Leon Ware   Composer
Harvey Mason   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Andrew Hey   Engineer
Mark de Clive-Lowe   Arranger,Composer
Seth Presant   Engineer
Guillaume Perret   Arranger,Composer
Nelly Neben   Executive Producer
Ben Wendel   Arranger
Corey King   Arranger
Kris Bowers   Arranger
Matthew Stevens   Arranger
Rob Sizwe Price-Guma   Engineer

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