Discography

As leader

Year recorded Title Label Notes
1968 A Few Miles from Memphis Prestige Mabern’s first release as leader
1968 Rakin’ and Scrapin’ Prestige Mabern also plays electric piano
1969 Workin’ & Wailin’ Prestige Mabern also plays electric piano
1970 Greasy Kid Stuff! Prestige Sextet, with Lee Morgan (trumpet), Hubert Laws (flute, tenor sax), Buster Williams (bass), Idris Muhammad (drums), Joe Jones (guitar; 1 track)
1978 Pisces Calling InterPlay Trio, with Jamil Nasser (bass), Walter Bolden (drums)
1984–85 Joy Spring Sackville Solo piano; in concert
1989 Straight Street DIW Trio, with Ron Carter (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums)
1991–92 Philadelphia Bound Sackville Duo, with Kieran Overs (bass)
1993 Lookin’ on the Bright Side DIW Trio, with Christian McBride (bass), Jack DeJohnette (drums)
1995 For Phineas Sackville Duo, with Geoff Keezer (piano); in concert
1992–93 The Leading Man Disk Union Trio, with Christian McBride & Ron Carter (bass; separately), Jack DeJohnette (drums)
1996 Mabern’s Grooveyard DIW Trio, with Tony Reedus (drums)
1999 Maya with Love DIW Trio, with Christian McBride (bass), Tony Reedus (drums)
2001 Kiss of Fire Venus Trio, with Nat Reeves (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums); Eric Alexander as guest
2003 Falling in Love with Love Venus Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)
2003 Don’t Know Why Venus Trio, with Nat Reeves (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)
2004 Fantasy Venus Trio, with Dwayne Burno (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)
2005 Somewhere over the Rainbow Venus Trio, with Dwayne Burno (bass), Willie Jones III (drums)
2006 Misty Venus Solo piano
2012 Mr. Lucky HighNote Quartet, with Eric Alexander (tenor sax), John Webber (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)
2012 Live at Smalls SmallsLive Trio, with John Webber (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums); in concert
2013 Right on Time Smoke Sessions Trio, with John Webber (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums); in concert
2014 Afro Blue Smoke Sessions With Eric Alexander (tenor sax), John Webber (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums); plus guests Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Steve Turre (trombone), Peter Bernstein (guitar), Alexis Cole, Kurt Elling, Norah Jones, Jane Monheit, Gregory Porter (vocals)

As sideman

Year recorded Leader Title Label
1997 Eric Alexander Mode for Mabes Delmark
1999 Eric Alexander The First Milestone Milestone
2000 Eric Alexander The Second Milestone Milestone
2001 Eric Alexander Summit Meeting Milestone
2002 Eric Alexander Nightlife in Tokyo Milestone
2004 Eric Alexander Dead Center HighNote
2005 Eric Alexander It’s All in the Game HighNote
1999 Eric Alexander Live at the Keynote Video Arts
2009 Eric Alexander Revival of the Fittest HighNote
2009 Eric Alexander Chim Chim Cheree Venus
2010 Eric Alexander Don’t Follow the Crowd HighNote
2012 Eric Alexander Touching HighNote
1970 Gene Ammons The Black Cat! Prestige
1973 George Benson Body Talk CTI
1978 Walt Bolden Walt Bolden Nemperor
1993 Donald Brown Cartunes Muse
1964 Betty Carter Inside Betty Carter United Artistis
1978 Richie Cole Keeper of the Flame Muse
1985* George Coleman Manhattan Panorama Theresa
1987 George Coleman At Yoshi’s Theresa
1998 George Coleman I Could Write a Book: The Music of Richard Rogers Telarc
1989 Contemporary Piano Ensemble Four Pianos for Phineas Evidence
1993 Contemporary Piano Ensemble The Key Players Sony
1997 Steve Davis Crossfire Criss Cross
2015* Steve Davis Say When Smoke Sessions
2006 Mike DiRubbo New York Accent Cellar Live
1961 Art Farmer Perception Argo
1974 Frank Foster The Loud Minority Mainstream
1976 Frank Foster Here and Now Catalyst
1962 The Jazztet Here and Now Mercury
1962 The Jazztet Another Git Together Mercury
2004* Joe Farnsworth It’s Prime Time Village
2011 Joe Farnsworth Super Prime Time Sony
1959 Jimmy Forrest All the Gin Is Gone Delmark
1959 Jimmy Forrest Black Forrest Delmark
1974* George Freeman Man & Woman Groove Merchant
1996 Andy Goodrich Motherless Child Delmark
1973 Tiny Grimes Profoundly Blue Muse
1977 Billy Harper Soran-Bushi, B.H. Denon
1979 Louis Hayes Variety Is the Spice Gryphon
1963 Jimmy Heath Swamp Seed Riverside
1970 Terumasa Hino Alone Together Columbia
2000 Terumasa Hino Into the Heaven Columbia
1965 Freddie Hubbard The Night of the Cookers Blue Note
1965 Freddie Hubbard Blue Spirits Blue Note
1990 100 Gold Fingers Piano Playhouse 1990 Absord Music Japan
1964 J.J. Johnson Proof Positive Impulse!
1968 Joe Jones My Fire! Prestige
1990 Lewis Keel Coming out Swinging Muse
1963 Roland Kirk Reeds & Deeds Mercury
1963 Roland Kirk The Roland Kirk Quartet Meets the Benny Golson Orchestra Mercury
1965 Jackie McLean Consequence Blue Note
1966 Blue Mitchell Bring It Home to Me Blue Note
1965 Hank Mobley Dippin’ Blue Note
1965 Lee Morgan The Gigolo Blue Note
1970 Lee Morgan Live at the Lighthouse Blue Note
1971 Lee Morgan The Last Session Blue Note
1970 Idris Muhammad Black Rhythm Revolution! Prestige
2004 Ned Otter Powder Keg Two & Four
1993 Cecil Payne Cerupa Delmark
1996 Cecil Payne Scotch and Milk Delmark
1998 Cecil Payne Payne’s Window Delmark
2000 Cecil Payne Chic Boom Live at the Jazz Showcase Delmark
1973 The Piano Choir Handscapes Strata-East
1975 The Piano Choir Handscapes 2 Strata-East
1997 Jim Rotondi Jim’s Bop Criss Cross
2003 Archie Shepp Deja Vu Venus
1978 Louis Smith Just Friends SteepleChase
1960 Frank Strozier MJT + 3 Vee-Jay
1962 Frank Strozier March of the Siamese Children Jazzland
1976 Frank Strozier Remember Me Steeplechase
1977 Frank Strozier What’s Goin’ On Steeplechase
1967 Buddy Terry Electric Soul! Prestige
1971 Stanley Turrentine The Sugar Man CTI
1973 Stanley Turrentine Don’t Mess with Mister T. CTI
1983 Lee Willhite First Venture Big Tampa
1965 Wes Montgomery Kings of the Guitar Beppo
1965 Wes Montgomery Jazz 625 Vap
1965 Wes Montgomery Solitude BYG
1965 Wes Montgomery Belgium 1965 Rounder Vestapool