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Harold Mabern: Joy Spring

If I were a judge, I might recuse myself from this case. With fake I.D., I saw Miles Davis at the Blackhawk in San Francisco in 1963. Harold Mabern was on piano. It would be very difficult to get me to say anything bad about Harold Mabern. But sometimes albums you’ve decided to like before hearing them really are good. Joy Spring is a rare Mabern solo recital, recorded in the mid-’80s at the Cafe des Copains in Toronto. It was released on a Sackville LP but never on CD until now.

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