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Harvey Mason


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You will have only begun to scratch the surface by identifying the masterful Harvey Mason as just a drummer. Yes, his precision time keeping and versatility have placed him among THE most in-demand and most recorded session drummers of all-time. Yes, his tumbling tom-tom fills and the lickity slick synchronization between his hi-hat cymbals, snare and bass drums are instantly recognizable signatures. Yes, he’s been hired by everyone from Barbra Streisand to James Brown to Mary J to Herbie Hancock to Jennifer Hudson to Frank Sinatra to John Legend to the London Symphony Orchestra. Yes, he has won four 1st place plaques from Modern Drummer magazine’s annual studio poll and has been the first call drummer for the Academy Awards ceremonies on 25 occasions.

He’s composed and written songs recorded by artists ranging from Nancy Wilson , Mary J. Blige, Notorius Big and T.I.

As a producer, he introduced the world to the Hawaii-based Christian jazz septet Seawind, which inadvertently brought one of the most in-demand horn arrangers (Jerry Hey) and horn sections (the Seawind horns) to Los Angeles and promptly introduced them to Quincy Jones as the tightest and most creative horn section he’d ever heard. (Quincy obviously agreed) He also produced the debut album by Midnight Star (The Beginning), inaugurating what would become one of the ‘80s most influential techno-funk groups, Lee Ritenour’s largest selling hit, “Is it You” and Dionne Warwick (Fragile).


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  • garynotrashcoug

    Brilliant drummer. I approve of his version of Chameleon I like that he also drops in little musical references to Watermelon Man, from the same album.

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • xsvballer

    On & On plays On & On...

    6 Feb 2011 Reply
  • staaswellcharge

    i don't get how a human can keep time so perfectly, he's like metronome, but with style

    30 Jan 2010 Reply
  • patalach

    the best drummer ever, so underrated...just listened to his work with bobbi humphrey and the song madlib remixed, and im stoned.

    19 Sep 2009 Reply

    Till you take my love - what a tuneeeeeeeeeee!

    9 Apr 2009 Reply
  • LowSlowDownEasy

    GREAT drummer

    22 Jan 2009 Reply
  • New_Jack_City

    underrated his work with herbie hancock was sensational

    3 Feb 2007 Reply

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