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Don't Know Why

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Don't Know Why
📅 ReleasedJuly 24, 2003
🎙️ RecordedApril 6, 2003
StudioAvatar Studios, NYC
⏳ Length57:30
🏷️ LabelVenus
🤑 ProducerTetsuo Hara, Todd Barkan
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Don't Know Why is an album by pianist Harold Mabern which was originally released on Venus Records in Japan in 2003.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

The AllMusic review by Ken Dryden stated that "It's difficult not to break into a smile when hearing Harold Mabern play piano, as the hard bop stylist has a knack for giving his all as if he were entertaining an audience, even during a studio date. This trio meeting with bassist Nat Reeves and drummer Joe Farnsworth finds Mabern covering a lot of styles, including a few surprising choices. ... Reeves and Farnsworth excel in their support of Mabern, though the hard-charging pianist is practically a one-man band with his boundless energy".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Harold Mabern except where noted

  1. "Edward Lee" – 6:19
  2. "Dance With Me" (Peter Brown, Robert Rans) – 6:38
  3. "My Favorite Things" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 5:18
  4. "Don't Know Why" (Jesse Harris) – 4:39
  5. "Dreamy" (Erroll Garner) – 6:27
  6. "Cabu" (Roland Alexander) – 6:11
  7. "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top" (Rogers, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 6:16
  8. "Nightlife in Tokyo" – 6:09
  9. "Blues for David" (Buddy Montgomery) – 5:00
  10. "My Shining Hour" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) – 4:33


  • Harold Mabern – piano
  • Nat Reeves – bass
  • Joe Farnsworth – drums


  1. Venus Records catalog, accessed March 12, 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dryden, Ken. Harold Mabern: Don't Know Why – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved March 12, 2018.

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