"Harvey Mason is probably the most recorded and most influential drummer /percussionist in this genre." proclaims Nathan East. " I first became aware of him in the days of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and he had a patented beat that every drummer learned. Harvey's innovative, creative and a very musical drummer. So, what you get with Harvey is very special."
Drummer/Producer/Composer - Harvey Mason first showed his penchant for greatness, distinctive technique and innate sensitivity in the late '60's performing with jazz legends Duke Ellington and Erroll Garner. His recording career began in the early years of the Blue Note jazz crossover explosion and continued with groundbreaking performances and compositions with Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters. One of the world's premier drummers, Mason has earned seven Grammy nominations including one for Best Contemporary Jazz Performance for the latest of six solo endeavors, Ratamacue.
His inspired drumming has also graced other artist's Grammy winners, including Seal's '95 Record of the Year. A mantle full of tributes includes four First Place awards in Modern Drummer's Studio poll and three Most Valuable Player trophies from NARAS. A first-call studio musician, Harvey has played on more gold and platinum jazz crossover records than any other drummer. A gifted composer, he scored Only The Strong, Deadly Takeover and contributed to the score of The Color Purple. He has performed on over 150 motion picture soundtracks and played at 12 of the past 13 Academy Awards presentations. He was lauded as Best Percussionist at the Oasis Smooth Jazz Awards in early 2000 and with his Fourplay-mates took home the Best Group Assignation. His reputation as a leader in jazz-fusion fits perfectly with the style and flavor of Fourplay.
Harvey Mason's uncompromising quest for excellence has impacted the shape and form of music and musicians for the past three decades and will continue to keep him at the forefront of not only jazz, but that of pop, rock, orchestral, R&B, hip-hop, world and Latin, for decades to come.
Easing into his fourth decade of professional music making, Harvey Mason looks forward to new horizons with Fourplay,just released a new CD “Energy” on the Headsup label, a new solo album, more film scoring and his usual choice assignments as a sideman, such as playing on superstar Seal’s 1996 Song of the Year Grammy-winner, “Kiss From A Rose” and performing on John Legend’s 2007 mega hit, “Save Room.” Flip across your radio dial on any given day and you’re sure to come across a gem that Harvey Mason has polished. “The Mase” remains all over the place!
( Harvey Mason / Christian Salyer )