Harvey Mason – Chameleon

A mosaic of a smiling Harvey Mason graces the cover of Chameleon (Concord Records, 2014), the renowned drummer’s homage to the Head Hunters recording as well as a nod to Mason’s nickname, a reference to his versatility.

A legendary session drummer, producer, composer, recording artist and member of Fourplay, Mason is one of the most sought-after and recorded musicians on the planet.

Kasami Washington sits in on “Black Frost,” a tune composed by Mason’s Fourplay bandmate Bob James with Grover Washington Jr. The arrangement is reminiscent of mid-1970s jazz, the style popularized in that period by artists like Grover Washington, Tom Scott and Wayne Shorter. Kasami makes the tenor squeak and squeal in key points. Also contributing are arranger Corey “Ck” King on synths and trombone, Matthew Stevens on guitar, Kris Bowers on Fender Rhodes, Ben Williams on electric bass and Bill Summers on percussion. Mason gets his licks in, but this song is all about Washington.

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