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Earth Mover
     

Earth Mover

by Harvey Mason Sr.
 
In the 1970s, Harvey Mason was one of those busy L.A.-based sessions players who had one foot in jazz and the other in R&B. The drummer backed his share of soul heavyweights (including Earth, Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and the Brothers Johnson), but he never lost his jazz chops. Recorded in 1976, Earthmover is among the mostly instrumental albums

Overview

In the 1970s, Harvey Mason was one of those busy L.A.-based sessions players who had one foot in jazz and the other in R&B. The drummer backed his share of soul heavyweights (including Earth, Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and the Brothers Johnson), but he never lost his jazz chops. Recorded in 1976, Earthmover is among the mostly instrumental albums that Mason provided during his stay at Arista. This self-produced LP, which finds him trying to balance commercial and creative considerations, is a mixed bag. Some of the material is strong, especially the cerebral fusion item "No Lands Man" (which boasts Jan Hammer on keyboards) and the funky "Bertha Baptist." And the contemplative "First Summer" is an enjoyable track that reminds the listener of the underrated Hawaiian funk/fusion outfit Seawind, which isn't surprising because it was co-written and arranged by Seawind's Bob Wilson. Meanwhile, some of the more commercial jazz-funk and pop-jazz tracks are less impressive and tend to sound overproduced. But while Earthmover is uneven, it has more ups than downs. Overall, this isn't a bad record, although Mason is capable of being more consistent.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2011
Label:
Soulmusic.com
UPC:
5013929072435
catalogNumber:
2907243
Rank:
37965

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harvey Mason   Primary Artist,Chimes,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals,Timpani,Orchestra Bells,Wind Chimes
Patrice Rushen   Piano,Electric Piano
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Jan Hammer   Mini Moog
Paul Smith   Organ,Piano
Michael Sembello   Guitar
Thomas Buffum   Viola
David Campbell   Viola
Charles Veal   Violin,Concert Master
Merry Clayton   Background Vocals
Keith Hatchell   Bass
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Vocals
Kim Hutchcroft   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Anthony Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar
James Jamerson   Bass
Louis Johnson   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Kenny Mason   Synthesizer,Trumpet,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael McGloiry   Guitar
Ray Parker   Guitar
Jerry Peters   Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Piano,Electric Piano
Lee Ritenour   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jay Rosen   Violin
Seawind Horns   Horn
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Ian Underwood   Synthesizer
Ernie Watts   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Arthur Royval   Violin
Sally Mason   Trombone
Larry Williams   Flute,Piano,Electric Piano,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Keith Hathel   Bass

Technical Credits

Jan Hammer   Composer
Louis Johnson   Composer
Harvey Mason   Composer,Producer
Jerry Peters   Composer
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes
Bob Wirtz   Personal Manager
Stephen Lumel   Art Direction
Phil Fewsmith   Art Direction
Roger Williams   Artwork
B. Wilson   Composer
Phil Schier   Engineer
Harvey Jay Mason   String Ensemble
K. Mason   Composer

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