Basic Background Info

Birth: February 22, 1947
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey

Fourplay, Herb Alpert, Burt Bacharach, Anita Baker, Chet Baker, Louie Bellson, Tony Bennett, David Benoit, George Benson, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Angela Bofill, James Brown, Mariah Carey, Tracy Chapman ,Ray Charles, Cher, Natalie Cole, Ray Conniff, Chick Corea, Billy Crystal, Stanley Clarke, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., El Debarge, D'javan, TheFifthDimension, Friends of Distinction, George Duke, Celine Dion, Duke Ellington, Gloria Estefan, Kevin Eubanks, Earth, Wind & Fire, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Peter Gabriel, Whoopie Goldberg, Kenny G, Herbie Hancock, Issac Hayes, Woody Herman, Whitney Houston, Englebert Humperdink, The Main Ingredient, Michael Jackson, Illinois Jacquet, Ahmad Jamal, Al Jarreau, Brothers Johnson, Dr. John, Tom Jones, Quincy Jones, Ricky Lee Jones, Mighty Clouds of Joy, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Dave Koz, Patti Labelle, Kenny Loggins, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Reba McIntyre, Brian McKnight, Bette Midler, The O'Jays, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, The Pointer Sisters, Diana Ross, Rufus, David Sanborn, Carlos Santana, Seal, Barbara Streisand, Frank Sinatra, The Sylvers, James Taylor, The Manhattan Transfer, Ike Turner, Luther Vandross, John Williams, Vanessa Williams, Teddy Wilson, The Whispers, Bill Withers, Stevie Wonder, Miwa Yoshida, Attila Zoler

Genres: Jazz, Fusion, Funk
Instruments: Drums, Percussion
Occupation: Musician, Composer, Producer


Harvey Mason entered the musical world by the skins of his drums, but today his experience and skill encompass all facets of music including performing, recording, producing, arranging, and composing. The genres of his expertise are just as varied and span everything from jazz to hip hop. This vast experience and technical perfection rank Harvey Mason as one of the most highly sought-after talents among session drummers. It is no wonder then that Harvey Mason's illustrious career is marked by more than 1000 recording credits.

Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Harvey Mason was attuned to rhythm and beats at an early age. Harvey Mason's early memories include recreating the rhythm of the washing machine by pounding the beat on a bed pillow. Harvey Mason enrolled in drum lessons at the age of seven, and by the time he was sixteen, he purchased his first set of drums. While still in high school, Harvey Mason played at Atlantic City’s Wonder Gardens Club. 

Mason studied at Berklee College of Music, the world’s largest independent music college, in Boston, Massachusetts. Harvey Mason then attended the New England Conservatory of Music on a full scholarship. At NECM, Harvey Mason's coursework included performance, composition, arrangement, percussion, and mallets. While studying in Boston, Harvey Mason worked with tympanist Vic Firth from the Boston Symphony. Harvey Mason also frequently worked in Triple A Studios, amassing a varied resume of work that ranged from commercial jingles to religious music albums.

While still based on the East Coast, Harvey Mason toured with Errol Garner throughout Europe for four months and with George Shearing for one year. Harvey Mason then relocated his family to Los Angeles, California. Harvey Mason quickly began recording at Universal Pictures, getting his first opportunity working solely with percussion instruments. Through bassist Ray Brown, Harvey Mason was introduced to the legendary Quincy Jones. As a result, Mason recorded for both The Cosby Show and The Sammy Davis Show.

Harvey Mason’s skill as a player earned him opportunities to play for renowned movie composers such as Michel Colombier (Prince’s “Purple Rain”), Michel Legrand (Miles Davis’ “Dingo”), Dave Grusin (“Three Days of The Condor”, “The Fabulous Baker Boys,” and “On Golden Pond”), John Williams (“Hook”), Lalo Schifrin (“Rush Hour” and “The Enforcer”), Isaac Hayes (“Three Tough Guys” and “Truck Turner”), Johnny Pate (“Shaft In Africa”), Alan Silvestri (“Who Framed Roger Rabbit”), Alan Menken and Tim Rice (“Beauty and The Beast”), and Thom Newman (“The Player”). All told, Harvey Mason played on more than 150 motion picture soundtracks.

From there, Harvey Mason was constantly recording in studios, often three times each day. Performances varied from simple marimba work to detailed lone snare drumming. However, Harvey Mason specialized in funk-jazz fusion. Harvey Mason's work in this genre collectively resulted in a group of recordings now studied by aspiring drummers called Fusion 101.

Harvey Mason played with famous acts such as Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Gerry Mulligan, Freddie Hubbard, Grover Washington Jr., Lee Ritenour, Victor Feldman, George Benson, and Bob James.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1949 Genius Plus Soul ñ 50th Anniversary Ray Charles
1952 Fantasy Sampler Various Artists
1963 Jazz Central Station Various Artists
1965 Great Moments in Jazz Various Artists
1967 Milestone Years Joe Henderson
1969 I Heard That! Quincy Jones
1970 Best of Hubert Laws Hubert Laws
1971 Music Is to Hear: Joe Williams George Shearing
1972 At the Drive In Freddy Robinson
1972 Blackbyrd Donald Byrd
1972 Darkness, Darkness Phillip Upchurch
1972 Geaorge Shearing George Shearing Quartet
1972 Lights Out: San Francisco Various Artists
1972 Rhymes and Reasons Carole King
1973 And His Fabulous Furniture in Your Living Room Martin Mull
1973 Blacks and Blues Bobbi Humphrey
1973 Diamond Girls Seals & Croft
1973 Fantasy Carole King
1973 Gas George Shearing
1973 Headhunters Herbie Hancock
1973 Leaving This Planet Charles Earland
1973 Original Tap Dancing Kid Jimmie Spears
1973 Street Lady Donald Byrd
1973 Woman Alone Genie Brown
1974 Astral Signal Gene Harris
1974 Best of Mr. T Stanley Turrentine
1974 Big Wow Wow Strain Soundtrack
1974 Carnegie Hall Concert Baker / Mulligan
1974 Gamblerís Life Johnny ìHammondî Smith
1974 Hell James Brown
1974 High Energy Freddie Hubbard
1974 Italian Graffiti Nick DeCaro
1974 Letís Love Peggy Lee
1974 Linger Lane Bobby Hutcherson
1974 Mister Magic Grover Washington Jr.
1974 Satin Doll Bobby Humphrey
1974 Stepping into Tomorrow Donald Byrd
1974 Who Is This Bitch, Anyway? Marlena Shaw
1975 Before the Dawn Patrice Rushen
1975 Brecker Brothers Brecker Brothers
1975 Duce of Hearts Chris Ducey
1975 Eyes on an Only Child Tom Jans
1975 Fancy Dancer Bobbi Humphrey
1975 Gears Johnny Hammond
1975 Have You Ever Seen the Rain Stanley Turrentine
1975 Love me By Name Lesley Gore
1975 Macho Gabor Szabo
1975 Making Music Bill Withers
1975 Man-Child Herbie Hancock
1975 Mellow Madness Quincy Jones
1975 Montara Bobby Hutcherson
1975 Places and Spaces Donald Byrd
1975 San Francisco Concert Hubert Laws
1975 Sergio Mendes Sergio Mendes and Brasil ë77
1975 Song for My Lady Jon Lucien
1975 Sunburst Eddie Henderson
1975 Symphonic Soul Henry Mancini
1975 Terry Terry Garthwaite
1975 Touch John Klemmer
1975 Touch John Klemmer
1975 Vol. 1 ñ Collection Brecker Brothers
1975 Vol. 2 ñ Collection Brecker Brothers
1975 Woman in My Life Stevie Woods
1976 You Donít Know What Youíre In For Harriet Schock
1976 Ballads Earl Klugh
1976 Best of George Benson George Benson
1976 Best of George Benson: The Instrumentals George Benson
1976 Breeziní George Benson
1976 Canít Hide Love Carmen McRae
1976 Caricatures Donald Byrd
1976 Collection George Benson
1976 Cop Show Themes Henry Mancini
1976 Earl Klugh Earl Klugh
1976 Everybody Come On Out Stanley Turrentine
1976 First Course Lee Ritenour
1976 Homecooking Sergio Mendes and Brasil ë77
1976 Iím Easy Keith Carradine
1976 In a Special Way Gene Harris
1976 In Flight Gorge Benson
1976 Liviní for Loviní Jackie Lomax
1976 Living Inside Your Love Earl Klugh
1976 Look Out for #1 The Brothers Johnson
1976 Look Out For No. 1 Brothers Johnson
1976 Love Songs Earl Klugh
1976 Man-Child Herbie Hancock
1976 Marching in the Street Harvey Mason
1976 Marching in the Street Harvey Mason
1976 Nadiaís Theme Barry de Vorzon
1976 Pastels Ron Carter
1976 People Moving Azar Lawrence
1976 Seawind Seawind
1976 Special Place Grover Washington Jr.
1976 Spirit Earth, Wind & Fire
1976 The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Soundtrack
1976 Three Bob James
1977 Bareback Richard Torrence
1977 Captain Fingers Lee Ritenour
1977 Celebrate Me Home Kenny Loggins
1977 Conquistador Maynard Ferguson
1977 Discovered Again Dave Grusin
1977 Earthmover Harvey Mason
1977 El Mirage Jimmy Webb
1977 Finger Paintings Earl Klugh
1977 Fresh Feathers John Klemmer
1977 Gentle Thoughts Lee Ritenour
1977 I Wanna Play for You Stanley Clarke
1977 It Looks Like Snow Phoebe Snow
1977 Just Family Dee Dee Bridgewater
1977 LifeStyle (Living & Loving) John Klemmer
1977 Manciniís Angels Henry Mancini
1977 My Dear Life Sadao Watanabe
1977 New Warrior Bobby Lyle
1977 Phyllis Hyman Phyllis Hyman
1977 Ports Perry Botkin, Jr.
1977 Revelation Charles Earland
1977 Right on Time The Brothers Johnson
1977 Rio Nights Victor Feldman
1977 Shirley Brown Shirley Brown
1977 Space Traveler James Vincent
1977 Sugar Loaf Express Featuring Lee Ritenour Sugar Loaf Express
1977 Sunlight Herbie Hancock
1977 Sweet Passion Aretha Franklin
1977 Tone Tanmtrum Gene Harris
1977 Weekend in L.A. George Benson
1977 Welcome to My Love Dianne Reeves
1977 White Shadows Tim Moore
1977 Window of a Child Seawind
1978 Who Is She? Madelaine
1978 Blam! Brothers Johnson
1978 California Shower Sadao Watanabe
1978 Donít Ask My Neighbors Raul De Souza
1978 Elusion David Diggs
1978 Everyday Everynight Floria Purim
1978 Funk In a Mason Jar Harvey Mason
1978 Heart and Soul Danny Peck
1978 Her Greatest Hits ñ Songs of Long Ago Carole Kind
1978 Hush John Klemmer
1978 Kenji Shock Kenji Omura
1978 Listen Up! Jorge Dalto
1978 Love Island Deodato
1978 Love Satellite Ronnie Foster
1978 Mad Hatter Chick Corea
1978 Moment by Moment Soundtrack
1978 Nice to Have Met You Thijs Van Leer
1978 Secrets Gil Scott-Heron
1978 Sunny Side Up Wilbert Longmire
1978 Superstar Howard Kenney
1978 Walking Away Flora Purim
1978 Wiz Soundtrack
1978 Words and Music Lonette McKee
1979 10 Soundtrack
1979 1980 Gil Scott-Heron
1979 All-In All Out Masahiko Satoh
1979 Champagne Wilbert Longmire
1979 Collection Lee Ritenour
1979 Counterpoint Ralph MacDonald
1979 Funky Entertainment Brainstorm
1979 Gavin Christopher Gavin Christopher
1979 Greatest Hits Herbie HancocK
1979 Grooviní You Harvey Mason
1979 Headiní Home Gary Wright
1979 Minnie Minnie Riperton
1979 Mountain Dance Dave Grusin
1979 Numbers Rufus
1979 One on One Bob James
1979 Rhythm Vision Mark Soskin
1979 Rise Herb Albert
1979 Scratch My Back David ìFatheadî Newman
1980 10k-La Don Grusin
1980 Adventures in the Land of Music Dynasty
1980 Beginning Midnight Star
1980 Best of John Klemmer, Vol. 1: Mosaic John Klemmber
1980 Heart of the Man Phil Perry
1980 Love Lives Forever Minnie Riperton
1980 Mr. Hands Herbie Hancock
1980 Rain Forest Jay Hoggard
1980 Swing of Delight Carlos Santana
1981 Double Rainbow Terumasa Hino
1981 Eyes of the Mind Casiopea
1981 George Benson Collection George Benson
1981 Imagination The Whispers
1981 Leslie, Kelly & John Ford Coley Leslie, Kelly & John Ford Coley
1981 M.V.P. Harvey Mason
1981 M.V.P. Harvey Mason
1981 Palo Alto Sessions Dianne Reeves
1981 Pavane Hubert Laws
1981 Rit Lee Ritenour
1981 World Class Harvey Mason
1982 Best Is Yet to Come Grover Washington Jr.
1982 Donna Summer Donna Summer
1982 Hands Down Bob James
1982 Kiss Under the Moon Warren Hill
1982 Objects of Desire Michael Franks
1982 Objects of Desire Michael Franks
1982 Rit, Vol. 2 Lee Ritenour
1982 Two of a Kind Earl Klugh & Bob James
1983 Itís Your Night James Ingram
1983 Lifetime Guarantee Michael Johnson
1983 On the Line Lee Ritenour
1983 Sergio Mendez Sergio Mendes
1983 Stone Mason Harvey Mason
1983 Target Tom Scott
1984 Banded Together Lee Ritenour
1984 GRP Digital Sampler, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1984 Now Patrice Rushen
1984 Soda Fountain Shuffle Early Klugh
1984 Soundgraphy Caiopea
1985 Rit Lee Ritenour
1985 Color Purple Soundtrack
1985 Harlequin Grusin /Ritenour
1985 Maisha Sadao
1985 Streetshadows David Diggs
1985 Whitestone Joe Pass
1986 Earth Run Lee Ritenour
1986 L.A. Jazz Quintet Phil Upchurch
1986 Street Dreams Chet Atkins
1986 Winner in You Patti†Labelle
1986 Wonderland Stanley Turrentine
1987 Cinemagic Dave Grusin
1987 Cinemagic Dave Grusin
1987 Collaboration George Benson and Earl Klugh
1987 Every Step of the Way David Benoit
1987 Greatest Hits Midnight Star
1987 Happy Anniversary, Charlie Brown! Various Artists
1987 In the Mood Soundtrack
1987 Just Between Us Gerald Albright
1987 Portrait Lee Ritenour
1988 Bermuda Nights Gerald Albright
1988 Bird of Paradise Djavan
1988 Collection Dave Grusin
1988 Diamond Inside of You Rodney Franklin
1988 I Came to Play Paul Jackson Jr.
1988 Oasis Roberta Flack
1988 Paradise Citizens Randy Bernsen
1988 Vol. 2 ñ Best of Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire
1988 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The London Symphony Orchestra
1989 Back on the Block Quincy Jones
1989 Best of Feldman and the Generation Band Victor Feldmanís Generation Band
1989 Best of Mr. T Stanley Turrentine
1989 Fabulous Baker Boys Dave Grusin
1989 Fabulous Baker Boys Soundtrack
1989 In a Sentimental Mood Dr. John
1989 Midnight in San Juan Earl Klugh
1989 Migration Dave Grusin
1989 Music John Klemmer
1989 Romance with You Alexander Zonjic
1989 Selected Sadao Watanabe
1989 Whispers and Promises Earl Klugh
1990 Dance of the Phoenix Nestor Torres
1990 Dingo Miles Davis with Michael LeGrand
1990 Grand Piano Canyon Bob James
1990 GRP Digital Sampler, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1990 GRP New Magic Digital Sampley, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1990 Havana Soundtrack
1990 Love is Gonna Getcha Patti Austin
1990 My Favorite Things Monica Lewis
1990 Out of the Shadows Paul Jackson Jr.
1990 Raven Don Grusin
1990 Sings Cole Porter Dionne Warwick
1990 Stolen Moments Lee Ritenour
1990 Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Soundtrack
1991 Best of Earl Klugh Earl Klugh
1991 Best of Earl Klugh, Vol. 1 Earl Klugh
1991 Best of Fourplay Fourplay
1991 Blue Break Beats Various Artists
1991 Classic Jazz-Funk, Vol. 1 Various Artists
1991 Comfort Zone Vanessa Williams
1991 For the Boys Soundtrack
1991 Fourplay Fourplay
1991 Hereís to Life Shirley Horn
1991 Jigsaw Jeremy Steig
1991 Jigsaw Jeremy Steig
1991 Line for Lyons: The Best of Gerry Mulligan Gerry Mulligan
1991 Live at Birdland West Gerald Albright
1991 Marrying Man David Newman
1991 Showstoppers Barry Manilow
1991 With My Lover Beside Me Nancy Wilson
1992 Best of Earl Klugh, Vol. 2 Earl Klugh
1992 Complete Collection and Then SomeÖ Barry Manilow
1992 Cool Bob James with Earl Klugh
1992 Essential Collection: 24 Smooth Jazz Classics Bob James
1992 Gears / Forever Taurus Johnny ìHammondî Smith
1992 GRP 10th Anniversary Collection Various Artists
1992 Hero Soundtrack
1992 Love Dancin Rodney Franklin
1992 Meltdown: The Birth of Fusion Various Artists
1992 Midnight Sun Herb Alpert
1992 Myriam Hernandez Myriam Hernandez
1992 Player Thomas Newman
1992 Player / O.S.T. Player / O.S.T.
1992 Roots ëní Blues: The Retrospective 1925-1950 Various Artists
1992 Wes Bound Lee Ritenour
1993 Aries Luis Miguel
1993 Between the Sheets Fourplay
1993 Blue Break Beats, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1993 Everything-N-More Vesta
1993 Friends Can Be Lovers Dionne Warwick
1993 Homage to Duke Dave Grusin
1993 Live at the Free Jazz Festival Antonio Carlos Jobim
1993 Love Remembers George Benson
1993 Loveís the Place to Be Will Downing
1993 Mosí Scocious: Anthology Dr. John
1993 River In the Desert Paul Jackson Jr.
1993 Rom·nza (Themes of Love) Stefan Dickerson
1993 Songbirds Various Artists
1993 Storyteller Vinx
1993 Symphony Or Damn Terence Trent DíArby
1993 Terence Trent díArbyís Symphony or Damn Terence Trent díArby
1994 Acoustic Jazz Various Artists
1994 Banana Fish Don Grusin
1994 Different Stages Sam Harris
1994 Elixir Fourplay
1994 Feel the Spirit Joe Williams
1994 Larry & Lee Lee Ritenour
1994 Larry and Lee Ritenour/Carlton
1994 Lean on Me: The Best of Bill Withers Bill Withers
1994 Masterpieces The Singers Unlimited
1994 Natural Woman: The Ode Collection Carole King
1994 Orchestral Album Dave Grusin
1994 Restless Bob James
1994 Seal Seal
1994 Standard Time Sam Harris
1994 Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool Various Artists
1994 Storm Then the Calm Hubert Laws
1994 Ties That Band Andy Snitzer
1994 To A Higher Place Tramine Hawkins
1994 Undercover Art Porter
1995 All Day Thumbsucker Revisited Various Artists
1995 Another Life Barry Manilow
1995 Batman Forever Soundtrack
1995 Best of Carmen McRae Carmen McRae
1995 Brotherhood Various Artists
1995 Cure Soundtrack
1995 Esquire Jazz Collection: Crosstown Traffic Various Artists
1995 Giving Myself To You Gerald Albright
1995 Heart & Soul The Winans
1995 Heart and Soul Winans
1995 Innovations Sam Cardon and Kurt Bestor
1995 Jazz for Lovers: The Very Thought of You Various Artists
1995 Jazz to the World Various Artists
1995 Letís Go Bang Jennifer Love Hewitt
1995 Lion King: Rhythm of the Pride Lands Disney
1995 Love Unchained Engelbert Humperdinck
1995 Remember Seawind
1995 Sudden Burst of Energy Earl Klugh
1995 Take Me Higher Diana Ross
1995 Toniní Manhattan Transfer
1996 American Buffalo Thomas Newtow
1996 Anthology Grover Washington Jr.
1996 Antonio Carlos Jobim and Friends Antonio Carlos Jobim
1996 Best of Kudu: Jazz Budget Line Various Artists
1996 Elements of Love-Ballads Earth, Wind & Fire
1996 Legacy of Phylis Hyman Phyllis Hyman
1996 Love Songs Earl Klugh
1996 Mosaic ñ Best of John Klemmer John Klemmer
1996 My Heart and Soul Michael Paulo
1996 Nao E Azul Mas E Mar Djavan
1996 Never Alone: Duets Paul Jackson Jr.
1996 Palo Alto Sessions Dianne Reeves
1996 People Make the World Go ëRound Various Artists
1996 Ratamacue Harvey Mason
1996 Remembering Christmas David Benoit
1996 Sheffield Jazz Experience Various Artists
1996 Sounds of the Spirit: Live and GMWA Gospel Music Workshop of America
1996 Stardust Natalie Cole
1996 Super Best of Casiopea Casiopea
1996 This is Jazz, Vol. 16 Maynard Ferguson
1996 Two for the Road: The Music of Henry Mancini Dave Grusin
1997 Twist of Jobim Various Artists
1997 Audiophile Victor Feldman
1997 Bass-Ic Collection Stanley Clark
1997 Before the Rain Eternal
1997 Best Disco Album in the Universe, Vol. 6 Various Artists
1997 Best of Marlena Shaw Marlena Shaw
1997 Best of Smooth Jazz Various Artists
1997 Booming on Pluto: Electro for Driods Various Artists
1997 Canít Get Enough Impromp2
1997 Contemporary Jazz Christmas Various Artists
1997 Foreverís a Long Long Time Ago Orquestra Was
1997 In the Still of the Night Tom Ranier
1997 Instrumental History of Jazz Various Artists
1997 Intimacy Dean James
1997 Invitation Only Will Downing
1997 Jazz Fusion 2 Various Artists
1997 Latin Beat Various Artists
1997 Mirror of My Mind Ryo Kawasaki
1997 New Jack Swing Jack Jones
1997 Pulp Fusion, Vol. 1: Funky Jazz Classics & Original Beats Various Artists
1997 Sketches Kurt Bestor
1997 Uptown Groove Zachary Breaux
1997 Contemporary Jazz Christmas Various Artists
1997 Very Best of Diane Schuur Diane Schuur
1997 Vocal Quartets, Vol. 7 Various Artists
1998 4 Fourplay
1998 Another Level Another Level
1998 Best of Earl Klugh Earl Klugh
1998 Best of Michael Franks Michael Franks
1998 Best of Smooth Jazz, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1998 Best of Smooth Jazz, Vol. 3 Various Artists
1998 Best of Smooth Jazz, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1998 Big Band Favorites of Sammy Nestico Various Artists
1998 Blue Breakbeats Donald Byrd
1998 Blue Breakbeats Bobbi Humphrey
1998 Blue Note Salutes Motown Various Artists
1998 Canciones Que Amo Roberto Carlos
1998 Gil Paris Gil Paris
1998 Greatest Hits Earth, Wind & Fire
1998 Jumpiní 2 Various Artists
1998 Kick Ass Brass Various Artists
1998 Melrose Place Jazz: Upstairs at MP Soundtrack
1998 Message Man D.J. Rogers
1998 Midnight Groove: Art of Smooth Jazz Various Artists
1998 Mulling It Over: A Musical Oeuvre View Martin Mull
1998 Never Say Never Brandy
1998 Orchid Phil Sheeran
1998 Pianist-Arranger-Composer-Conductor Richard Carpenter
1998 Pleasures of the Night Will Downing & Gerald Albright
1998 Prelusion/Before The Dawn Patrice Rushen
1998 Priceless Jazz Dave Grusin
1998 Priceless Jazz Sampler, Vol. 4 Various Artists
1998 Relationships Vesta
1998 Midnight Groove: Art of Smooth Jazz Various Artists
1998 Very Best of Latin Jazz Various Artists
1998 Walk Tall: Tribute to Cannonball Adderley Eric Marienthal
1999 Big 12 Inches: Grooviní You Various Artists
1999 Blue Bossa, Vol. 2 Various Artists
1999 Blue Movies: Scoring for the Studio Various Artists
1999 Collected Warren Hill Warren Hill
1999 Do You Have Any Sugar? Stanley Turrentine
1999 Midnight Passion Michael Paaulo
1999 One Piece of the Big Picture Tim May
1999 Random Hearts Soundtrack
1999 Shoí Nuff Groove ñ The Best of Harvey Mason Harvey Mason
1999 Smokiní Section Tom Scott and L.A. Express
1999 Smooth Jazz: Pure Pleasure Various Artists
1999 Snowbound Fourplay
1999 Sweet Control: Best of Jon Lucien Jon Lucien
1999 Trip to Brazil, Vol. 2: Bossa & Beyond Various Artists
1999 Triple Play Joe Williams
1999 Ultimate Collection Grover Washington Jr.
1999 Ultimate Hits Colelcion Ray Charles
2000 Anthology Eddie Henderson
2000 Anthology George Benson
2000 Best of CTI Various Artists
2000 Best of Gabor Szabo in the CTI Years Gabor Szabo
2000 Best of Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock
2000 Casino Lights ë99 Various Artists
2000 Charlieís Greatest Hits Charles Earland
2000 Entre Tus Brazos Alejandro Fernandez
2000 Friends for Schuur Diane Schuur
2000 Incontournables Joe Pass
2000 Innovators Kurt Bestor & Sam Cardon
2000 Ken Burns Jazz Herbie Hancock
2000 Ken Burns Jazz: The Story of Americaís Music Various Artists
2000 Light Mellow: AOR Grooviní & Breeziní Various Artists
2000 Loft, Vol. 2 David Mancuso
2000 Oops! I Did It Again Britney Spears
2000 Playing By Heart Barry/Botti/Baker
2000 Rare Collection Jaco Pastorious
2000 Revelation 98 Degrees
2000 Shake It Up Boney James & Rick Braun
2000 Smooth Grooves: Smooth Jazz, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2000 Smooth Jazz: The Originals, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2000 Take Me Higher Diana Ross
2000 Yes, Please Fourplay
2001 Best of Blue Note (Box) Various Artists
2001 Deep Into It Larry Carlton
2001 Disco Breaks Mastercuts Various Artists
2001 Dot Com Blues Jimmy Smith
2001 Funkology Various Artists
2001 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Diana Krall
2001 Invincible Michael Jackson
2001 Kisses in the Rain Rick Braun
2001 Mr. Funk Herbie Hancock
2001 Naoko Live Naoko Teria
2001 Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones Quincy Jones
2001 Restoration: The Best of Bob James Bob James
2001 Rush Hour 2 Soundtrack
2001 Sampled, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2001 Score Rush Hour 2
2001 Siesta II Sunset at CafÈ Mambo, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2001 Spirit of Disco Various Artists
2001 Survival of the Fittest Headhunters
2001 There Goes the Neighborhood Robert Walter
2001 Very Best of Gerald Albright Gerald Albright
2001 When Skies Are GreyÖ Ron Carter
2002 Best Smooth Jazz Ever Various Artists
2002 Disco Heat Kenny Dope
2002 Emotional K-Ci & JoJo
2002 Essential Earth, Wind & Fire Earth, Wind & Fire
2002 Essential Kenny Loggins Kenny Loggins
2002 Hands Down Bob James
2002 Heartfelt Fourplay
2002 Herbie Hancock (Box) Herbie Hancock
2002 I Heard it on NPR: Jazz for Blue Nights Various Artists
2002 Its Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook Rod Stewart
2002 Justified Justin Timberlake
2002 Music/Fantasy Carole King
2002 Rhymes & Reasons Carole King
2002 Street Grooves Various Artists
2002 Three Bob James
2002 Ultimate Collection Quincy Jones
2002 Very Best of Dave Grusin Dave Grusin
2003 97th and Columbus Doc Powell
2003 Best of Best Naoko Terai
2003 CafÈ Society Lorraine Feather
2003 Carnegie Hall Concert Gery Mulligan
2003 Evolution Revolution The Headhunters
2003 Feels So Good /A Secret Place Grover Washington Jr.
2003 Greatest Hits of All George Benson
2003 Hand on the Torch Us3
2003 Here I Am: Ron Isley Sings Burt Bacharach Ron Isley
2003 Hi-Fi Bob James
2003 Macho Gabor Szabo
2003 Man Behind the Music Claus Ogerman
2003 Midnight Diane Shuur
2003 Motown Michael McDonald
2003 One, Two, Three & BJ4: The Legendary Albums Bob James
2003 Smooth Jazz Hear and Now Various Artists
2003 Still Small Voice Paul Jackson Jr.
2003 Trios Harvey Mason
2003 Untinted: Sourceís for Madlibís Shades of Blue Various Artists
2003 Very Best of Lee Ritenour Lee Ritenour
2003 Who Will I Run To / Kiss Me Like That Kiley Dean
2004 3D Steve Oliver
2004 As Time Goes By The Carpenters
2004 Blue Note Plays Stevie Wonder Various Artists
2004 Discovered Again Plus Dave Grusin
2004 Gold: Greatest Hits The Carpenters
2004 Guitar & Bass Jaco Pastorius
2004 Hang Don Grusin
2004 Headhunters/Sextant/Thrust Herbie Hancock
2004 In a Smooth Groove Various Artists
2004 Journey Fourplay
2004 Love Songs Chet Baker
2004 Moonís a Harsh Mistress: Jimmy Web in the Seventies Jimmy Webb
2004 Part of You Eric Gale
2004 PeaceÖ Back by Popular Demand Kebí Moí
2004 Rediscovery on GRP Diane Shuur
2004 Very Best of Goerge Benson: The Greatest Hits of All George Benson
2004 With All My Heart Harvey Mason
2005 Anthology: Messages Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson
2005 BMG World Music Masterpiece Series: Sergio Mendes Sergio Mendes
2005 Breakthrough Mary J. Blige
2005 But Beautiful: The Best of Shirley Horn on Verve Shirley Horn
2005 Career: 1952-1988 Chet Baker
2005 Earl Klugh Earl Klugh
2005 Gas George Shearing Quartet No. 2
2005 Gold The Carpenters
2005 Groove on Down Various Artists
2005 Hit the Rhodes, Jack Various Artists
2005 Just Family / Bad For Me Dee Dee Bridgewater
2005 Living Inside Your Love Earl Klugh
2005 Love Songs Dionne Warwick
2005 Mizell The Mizell Brothers
2005 Number 1 Jazz Vocal Album Various Artists
2005 Overtime Lee Ritenour
2005 Progressions: 100 Years of Jazz Guitar Various Artists
2005 Rio/On the Line Lee Ritenour
2005 Seal Seal
2005 Sergio Mendes / Magic Lady Sergio Mendes
2005 Soul Divas; Toni Braxton, Patti Labelle, Jody Watly Various Artists
2006 80th Birthday Celebration Johnny Pate
2006 Angels of Shanghai Bob James
2006 Bobby and Steve and Friends with Rosie Gaines Various Artists
2006 Collectables Classics Sergio Mendes
2006 Essential George Benson George Benson
2006 Essential Herbie Hancock Herbie Hancock
2006 Favorites: Sun, Sea and Sand Antonio Carlos Jobim
2006 Information Beck
2006 Listen: Music from the Motion Picture Dreamgirls Beyonce
2006 Milestone Profiles Joe Henderson
2006 Music for Lovers Earl Klugh
2006 Nothing Will Be as It WasÖ Flora Purim
2006 Once Again John Legend
2006 Smooth and Soulful: 20th Century Masters Various Artists
2006 Sneakiní Up Behind You: The Very Best of the Brecker Brothers The Brecker Brothers
2006 Truth, Vol. 2 Frank McComb
2006 X Fourplay
2007 BíDay BeyoncÈ
2007 Best Sadao Watanbe
2007 Best of Best 1998-2003 Naoko Terai
2007 Bicio Papao Various Artists
2007 Enforcer Jerry Fielding
2007 Essential Maynard Ferguson Maynard Ferguson
2007 Hope Koji Goto
2007 Intimate Patti Austin
2007 Listen BeyoncÈ
2007 Mastercuts Blaxpoitation Various Artists
2007 Original Album Classics Stanley Clarke
2007 Rise Herb Alpert
2007 Run the Voodoo Down: Listen Here!, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2007 Ultimate Earl Klugh Earl Klugh
2007 Very Best of the Warner Bros. Sessions 1985-1991 Miles Davis
2008 Best of the Monterey Jazz Festival, Vol. 1 Various Artists
2008 Droppin' Science: Greatest Samples from the Blue Note Various Artists
2008 Headhunters Herbie Hancock
2008 Heat for the Feets Lee Garrett
2008 In Sync: Projazz Sampler #2 Various Artists
2008 Innocent Bystander John Palumbo
2008 Just Between Friends Soundtrack
2008 Midnight Prowl Angelo
2008 Saint & Stephanie Saint & Stephanie
2008 Sicialano West Coast All-Stars
2008 Tribute Concert Antonio Carlos Jobim and Friends
2008 White Shadows Tim Moore
2008 It Is What It Is Impromp2
2008 Hancock Island: The Music of Herbie Hancock Steve Wilson
2008 Energy Fourplay
2008 A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas Kristin Chenoweth
2008 Turn It Up Pixie Lott
2008 The Singles: Vol. 8 (1972-1973) James Brown
2009 Original Album Series George Benson
2009 Only the Best of Dee Dee Bridgewater Dee Dee Bridgewater
2009 Mash Up Mix 2009: Mixed by the Cut Up Boys Cut Up Boys
2009 I Look To You Whiteney Houston
2009 Gettin' Blazed Jermaine Landsberger
2009 Dark Skin Babies: The Movement Gemini Soul
2010 The Complete Columbia Album Collection: 1972-1988 Herbie Hancock
2010 Seal/Seal II/Soul Seal
2010 Modern Man/I Wanna Play For You Stanley Clarke
2010 Let's Touch the Sky Fourplay
2010 For Colored Girls (Movie Soundtrack) For Colored Girls
2010 6 String Theory Lee Ritenour
2010 Earl Klugh/Living Inside Your Love/Magic in Your Eyes Earl Klugh
2011 You've Come a Long Way Baby/All About Esther Phillips Esther Phillips
2011 Time Will Reveal: The Complete Motown Albums DeBarge
2011 The Comlumbia Masters Earth, Wind & Fire
2011 Sings Cole Porter/Aquarela do Brasil Dionne Warwick
2011 Plain 'N' Simple Chuck Loeb
2011 Jazz Loves Marvin Gaye Various Artists
2011 I Remember Me Jennifer Hudson
2011 Hot Sauce Jessy J
2011 Heal the World Charito
2011 Guitar Man George Benson
2011 1986-1991: The Warner Years Miles Davis
2012 The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums Bill Withers
2012 The Complete Arista Albums Collection The Brecker Brothers
2012 The Complete 1970s Epic Albums Collection Stanley Clarke
2012 Survival of the Fittest/Straight from the Gate The Headhunters
2012 Part of You/Touch of Silk Eric Gale
2012 High Energy/Liquid Love/Windjammer Freddie Hubbard
2012 Finger Paintings/Heart Strings/Wishful Thinking Earl Klugh
2012 Espirit de Four Fourplay
2013 Westchester Lady/Find a Way

Bob James

2013 Twenty Bob Baldwin
2013 The Essential Bill Withers Bill Withers
2013 Straight rom the Heart/Now Patrice Rushen
2013 Bringing It Back Home Robben Ford
2013 Ballads K-Ci & Jojo
2013 Chameleon Harvey Mason


  • Harvey attended Southwestern Law School in 1986, and he studied film scoring at UCLA in 1988.
  • Harvey orchestrated the theme music for “Diagnosis Murder” and “Matlock”.
  • He has played at the Academy Awards more than twelve times.
  • Notorious B.I.G. has used Mason’s beats.
  • As a producer, he launched Christian jazz group “Seawind” to the limelight and introduced them to Quincy Jones.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Gretsch
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Vic Firth

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