Harold Mabern – Mabern Plays Coltrane CD


1. Dahomey Dance
2. Blue Train
3. Impressions
4. Dear Lord
5. My Favorite Things
6. Naima
7. Straight Street

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8-panel Digipak Album

“Here, less than two years from his passing, Mabern’s talent shines as bright as it ever has.”
— Jim Hynes, Glide Magazine

“His big hands could, at any given moment in the studio or onstage, create thunder, bombast, silence, solace. He could waltz you across the dance floor or pin you to your seat. Mabern, God bless him, could play it all. And, to our eternal gratitude, he did. No pomp or circumstance, just true spirit. Thus the spirit guides him on this posthumous set, MABERN PLAYS COLTRANE.”
— Mike Jurkovic, All About Jazz

“Recorded in concert over three days at Smoke in New York in 2018, the posthumous MABERN PLAYS COLTRANE is a hell of an epitaph…Mabern casts a wide net across Coltrane’s pre-free jazz career, from staples to deep cuts…a powerful capper on a remarkable career.”
— Michael Toland, The Big Takeover


MABERN PLAYS COLTRANE, a vibrant live recording of Harold Mabern performing the music of John Coltrane with an all-star sextet including Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, Steve Davis, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth.

Mabern held a special reverence for John Coltrane. “He was very influential in my life and my playing, too,” Mabern once said. “After being around him and seeing what a great human being he was – man, I wish the whole world could have known John Coltrane.”

MABERN PLAYS COLTRANE is culled from the final three nights of a three-week residency at Smoke’s annual year-ending John Coltrane Festival that started in 2017 ended with these performances that Mabern and the band played in January 2018. The resulting recordings also produced two earlier albums: THE IRON MAN, which shined a spotlight on Mabern the performer and interpreter and offered a glimpse into a typical evening’s performance, and MABERN PLAYS MABERN, which commemorated Mabern’s gifts as a composer and followed his untimely death at age 83 on September 17, 2019. Mabern Plays Coltrane is the album that was originally planned for those live recording sessions. Mabern had always played a key role in the festival since its inaugural edition in 2011. From the initial weeklong fest through its later three- and four-week incarnations, Mabern was the headliner for much of the annual run, an indication of both his appreciation for Coltrane as a forbear and mentor as well as his own vital role at Smoke.

“Playing John Coltrane’s music with Harold was like tapping into the source,” says Farnsworth. “He was like the vortex, and it all flowed through him. It was intense. Having Harold on the stage, given how much he loved John Coltrane, it elevated the spirit of the music tenfold.”

released December 3, 2021

Harold Mabern – piano
Vincent Herring – alto saxophone
Eric Alexander – tenor saxophone
Steve Davis – trombone
John Webber – bass
Joe Farnsworth – drums

Recorded Live January 5, 6 & 7, 2018 at SMOKE, NYC

Produced by Paul Stache & Damon Smith

Recorded by Paul Stache with Owen Mulholland & Jeff Citron
Mixed & Mastered by Chris Allen
Photography by Jimmy & Dena Katz
Design by Damon Smith & Paul Stache
All compositions by John Coltrane
except “My Favorite Things” by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II
“Dear Lord” was previously included on The Iron Man: Live at Smoke

Eric Alexander appears courtesy of HighNote Records

Executive Producers: Paul Stache & Molly Johnson

Weight 0.33 lbs