As the 1960s began Miles Davis entered a period of transition, first trying to find a saxophonist to replace John Coltrane and then a new rhythm section.
Harold Mabern's musically impeccable credentials as a first-rate soloist, accompanist, and writer go all the way back to the golden age of hardbop.
1960 was the first year of one of the most tumultuous decades in American history. The change that was beginning to come about was reflected in jazz as well.
As some posters at Organissimo have noted, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, if still alive, would have turned 77 today–on 07/07/07, that lucky date of destiny. Maybe Mobley, the so-called “middleweight champion” of his instrument, will posthumously reap the good fortune that eluded him in his lifetime. At least the tenor saxophonist, like fellow Blue Note recording artist…