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Afro Blue (feat. Gregory Porter)
The Man from Hyde Park (feat. Gregory Porter)
Fools Rush In (feat. Norah Jones)
Don’t Misunderstand (feat. Norah Jones)
I’ll Take Romance (feat. Jane Monheit)
My One and Only Love (feat. Jane Monheit)
Billie’s Bounce (feat. Kurt Elling)
Portrait of Jennie (feat. Kurt Elling)
You Needed Me (feat. Kurt Elling)
Such Is Life (feat. Alexis Cole)
Do It Again (feat. Peter Bernstein)
Bobby, Benny, Jymie, Lee, Bu

About The Album

AFRO BLUE, a milestone in the discography of the late, great Harold Mabern is also one of his proudest recording achievements. This all-star affair pairs the inimitable pianist with five of the leading vocalists in jazz: Gregory Porter, Norah Jones, Jane Monheit, Kurt Elling, and Alexis Cole. Mabern is clearly inspired by these incredible singers, as they are with him, resulting in these acclaimed performances. “I love vocalists. I love to play for singers because that’s really how you learn how to play the piano jazz-wise. They go through every aspect of music— changing keys, slow tempos to fast, playing rubato, playing verses, all of the Great American Songbook—that’s really how you learn how to play,” said Mabern.

There are many great moments on AFRO BLUE, but Mabern’s soulful, blues-driven style is the constant highlight. He is joined by a stellar supporting cast—Jeremy Pelt, Eric Alexander, and Steve Turre form a killer horn section, while John Webber and Joe Farnsworth complete his reliable rhythm team. Guitarist Peter Bernstein also makes a special appearance on Steely Dan’s “Do It Again.” Mabern adds, “I’ll tell you, it was really the most difficult thing I’ve ever done. It was definitely a challenge, but I think we pulled it off. I’m quite pleased with it, you know.”


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