Harvey Mason

Harvey Mason in Singapore, 2004

Harvey William Mason (born February 22, 1947) is an American jazz musician and record producer. He has worked with many jazz and fusion artists, including Bob James, Chick Corea, The Brecker Brothers, Lee Ritenour, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters and almost all the Mizell Brothers productions with Donald Byrd, Johnny Hammond, Bobbi Humphrey and Gary Bartz. He is featured on George Benson's 1976 album Breezin'. His duet on drums with percussionist Ralph MacDonald - on Benson's hit "On Broadway" is a great example of his style. Harvey is also the percussionist for the contemporary jazz group Fourplay, which includes keyboardist Bob James, guitarist Chuck Loeb, and bassist Nathan East.

Starting in the 1970s, Mason has released a series of albums, the early ones on Arista Records, which he also produced. In 1979, he enjoyed the hit single "Groovin' You", a disco-stomping tune, from the album of the same name. It was sampled by house music producer Gusto in his 1995 hit single "Disco's Revenge".

Mason is the father of Harvey Mason, Jr.


Mason endorses Canopus drums,[1] Sabian cymbals,[2][3] Remo drumheads,[4] DW pedals,[5] Vic Firth drumsticks[6][7] and Roc N Soc drum thrones.[8] Mason has his own Vic Firth Harvey Mason signature drumstick [7] and Vic Firth Harvey Mason Chameleon signature drumstick.[7] In the past, he has previously used Gretsch drums,[9] Premier drums,[10] Rogers Drums,[11] Tama drums,[12] Zildjian cymbals,[11] Toca percussion[9] and Gibraltar Hardware.[9]


As leader

Title Released Label
Marching in the Street 1975 Arista Records
Earth Mover 1976 Arista Records
Funk in a Mason Jar 1977 Arista Records
Groovin’ You 1979 Arista Records
M.V.P 1981 Arista Records
Stone Mason 1982 Atlantic Records
Ratamacue 1996 Atlantic Records
With All My Heart 2004 RCA Records
Chameleon 2014 Concord Records

As sideman

With Fourplay:

Title Released Label
Fourplay 1991 Warner Bros.
Between the Sheets 1993 Warner Bros.
Elixir 1995 Warner Bros.
The Best of Fourplay 1997 Warner Bros.
4 1998 Warner Bros.
Snowbound 1999 Warner Bros.
Yes, Please! 2000 Warner Bros.
Heartfelt 2002 Bluebird
Journey 2004 Bluebird
X 2006 Bluebird
Energy 2008 Heads Up
Let's Touch the Sky 2010 Heads Up

With Herb Alpert

With Chet Atkins

With Beck

With George Benson

With Donald Byrd

With Ron Carter

With Casiopea

With Chick Corea

With Miles Davis & Michel Legrand

With Charles Earland

Wit Joe Farrell

With Herbie Hancock

With Gene Harris

With The Headhunters

With Eddie Henderson

With Joe Henderson

With Freddie Hubbard

With Bobbi Humphrey

With Bobby Hutcherson

With Yosui Inoue

With Ahmad Jamal

With Bob James

With Carole King

With Hubert Laws

With Kenny Loggins

With Wade Marcus

With Carmen McRae

With Luis Miguel

With Joe Pass

With Lee Ritenour

With Rufus

With Patrice Rushen

With Véronique Sanson

With Moacir Santos

With Diane Schuur

With Marlena Shaw

With Donna Summer

With Gábor Szabó

With Stanley Turrentine

With Kazumi Watanabe

With Grover Washington, Jr.

With Jimmy Webb

With Gary Wright


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-07. Retrieved 2015-01-07.
  2. "Harvey Mason | SABIAN Cymbals". Sabian.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  3. "Contact – Harvey Mason". Harveymason.net. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  4. "Contact – Harvey Mason". Harveymason.net. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  5. "Contact – Harvey Mason". Harveymason.net. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  6. "Contact – Harvey Mason". Harveymason.net. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  7. 1 2 3 "Artists". Vic Firth. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  8. "Contact – Harvey Mason". Harveymason.net. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  9. 1 2 3 "Fourplay (3) - Elixir (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  10. "Harvey Mason - M.V.P. (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  11. 1 2 "Harvey Mason - Groovin' You (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Discogs.com. 2013-12-05. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
  12. "Harvey Mason « Fourplay". Fourplayjazz.com. 2016-07-16. Retrieved 2016-07-22.

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