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00000177-b008-d5f4-a5ff-b9f8b4b60000Radar is WBGO's exclusive album preview feature.

Hear the Soulful New Album By Pianist Harold Mabern, 'To Love And Be Loved,' on Radar

Saxophonist Eric Alexander wrote the tune "Iron Man"as a salute to Harold Mabern. It's one of 10 tracks on that Memphis-born pianist's new recording, To Love And Be Loved.

Harold Mabern CD cover

The album features Mabern with Alexander, trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, bassist Nat Reeves and percussionist Cyro Baptista. It also reunites the pianist with legendary drummer Jimmy Cobb; these two giants played together briefly in Miles Davis' band in 1963.

Harold loves an  evergreen, and he shows it here through his interpretations of Rodgers and Hart, Schwartz and Dietz, Van Heusen and Cahn and Cole Porter. You'll also find nuggets by Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons, Miles Davis and Gene Ammons — familiar tunes that Mabern takes to new places.

1) To Love And Be Loved
2) If There Is Someone Lovelier Than You
3)  The Gigolo
4)  Inner Glimpse
5)  My Funny Valentine
6)  The Iron Man
7)  So What
8)  I Get A Kick Out Of You
9)  Dat Dere (solo piano)
10)  Hittin' The Jug


In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosts the morning show each weekday from 6:00am -12:00pm. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.