CD Earth Mover [Expanded Edition] (CD 15779397),
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Earth Mover [Expanded Edition]

  • 1. K.Y. and the Curb
    2. Sho Nuff Groove
    3. Mase, The
    4. Sweet Mercy
    5. Earthmover Prelude
    6. Bertha Baptist
    7. First Summer
    8. No Lands Man
    9. When I'm With You [Live Version]
    10. K.Y. and the Curb [US Single]
    11. Mase [UK Single], The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SMCR 5024

  • Credits
    ProducerHarvey Mason
    EngineerPhil Schier

    Personnel: Arthur Royval, Charles Veal, Jay Rosen, Haim Shtrum (violin); David Campbell , Thomas Buffum (viola); Dennis Karmazyn (cello); Larry Williams (flute, piccolo, alto saxophone); Kim Hutchcroft (flute, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet, flugelhorn).
    Audio Mixer: Phil Schier.
    Liner Note Author: A. Scott Galloway.
    Recording information: Kendun Recorders, Burbank, CA (06/1976).
    Photographer: Bob Wirtz.
    In the 1970s, Harvey Mason was one of those busy L.A.-based sessions players who had one foot in jazz and the other in R&B. The drummer backed his share of soul heavyweights (including Earth, Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, James Brown and the Brothers Johnson), but he never lost his jazz chops. Recorded in 1976, Earthmover is among the mostly instrumental albums that Mason provided during his stay at Arista. This self-produced LP, which finds him trying to balance commercial and creative considerations, is a mixed bag. Some of the material is strong, especially the cerebral fusion item "No Lands Man" (which boasts Jan Hammer on keyboards) and the funky "Bertha Baptist." And the contemplative "First Summer" is an enjoyable track that reminds the listener of the underrated Hawaiian funk/fusion outfit Seawind, which isn't surprising because it was co-written and arranged by Seawind's Bob Wilson. Meanwhile, some of the more commercial jazz-funk and pop-jazz tracks are less impressive and tend to sound overproduced. But while Earthmover is uneven, it has more ups than downs. Overall, this isn't a bad record, although Mason is capable of being more consistent. ~ Alex Henderson

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