1977 Harvey Mason – Funk In A Mason Jar

Funk in a Mason Jar is the third solo album by Harvey Mason Sr. It was released in 1977 by Arista Records. Mason kept himself musical production. The album reached the ninth place in the Billboard chart for jazz albums and 37th place in their list for rhythm-andblues albums. On the first side of this album are penned by Mason own songs and mostly soul; while the other side begins with a rendition of the Marvin Gaye song “What’s Going On?”, this version is more jazzy.

Tracks

1  Pack Up Your Bags (Art Wilson, Harvey Mason Sr, Skip Scarborough) 5:13
2  Till You Take My Love (David Foster, Harvey Mason Sr) 3:42
3  Space Cadets (Dave Grusin, Harvey Mason Sr, Louis Johnson, Ray Parker Jr) 3:35
4  Freedom Either Way (Harvey Mason Sr, Sally Mason) 3:36
5  Funk In A Mason Jar (Harvey Mason Sr) 1:56
6  What’s Going On? (Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye, Renaldo Benson) 6:04
7  Set It Free (Eva Ein, Kenny Loggins) 5:54
8  Phantazia (Dave Grusin) 2:09
9  Liquid (Harvey Mason Sr) 4:38

Media

Musicians

1 Pack Up Your Bags

BassNathan Watts
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
GuitarAl McKay
GuitarMichael Sembello
PianoJerry Peters
StringsCharles Veal
HarpDorothy Ashby
PercussionHarvey Mason
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
VocalsArt Wilson


2 Till You Take My Love

BassMike Porcaro
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
GuitarJay Graydon
GuitarPhil Upchurch
GuitarRay Parker Jr
PianoDavid Foster
PianoDavid Paich
HornsTower of Power
StringsCharles Veal
PercussionHarvey Mason Sr
Background VocalsStephanie Spruill
Background VocalsPaulette McWilliams
VocalsMerry Clayton


3 Space Cadets

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
GuitarRay Parker Jr
PianoDave Grusin
SynthesizerDave Grusin
PercussionHarvey Mason Sr


4 Freedom Either Way

BassLouis Johnson
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
GuitarJay Graydon
PianoDavid Foster
PercussionSteve Forman
PercussionHarvey Mason Sr
VocalsHarvey Mason Sr


5 Funk In A Mason Jar

VocalsHarvey Mason Sr
VocalsKenny Mason
VocalsMarvin Mason
VocalsMerry Clayton
VocalsSylvia Cox


6 What’s Going On?

BassStanley Banks
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
GuitarGeorge Benson
PianoRonnie Foster
PianoJorge Dalto
StringsCharles Veal
PercussionHarvey Mason Sr
VocalsGeorge Benson


7 Set It Free

BassVerdine White
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarLee Ritenour
Acoustic GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoBob James
SynthesizerDave Grusin
SaxTom Scott
PercussionVictor Feldman
StringsCharles Veal
PercussionRalph McDonald
VocalsPaulette McWilliams
VocalsStephanie Spruill


8 Phantazia

BassAnthony Jackson
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
Guitar (solo)Lee Ritenour
MoogRonnie Foster
SynthesizerIan Underwood
PianoDave Grusin
TromboneBill Watrous
TromboneDick Hyde
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetKenny Mason
PercussionSteve Forman
PercussionHarvey Mason Sr


9 Liquid

BassVerdine White
DrumsHarvey Mason Sr
GuitarDavid T. Walker
GuitarLee Ritenour
PianoBob James
SynthesizerDave Grusin
SaxTom Scott
TromboneBill Watrous
TromboneDick Hyde
TrumpetChuck Findley
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetKenny Mason
PercussionVictor Feldman

Other Musicians

Effects (Special Effects) – Hoppy Mason (Track 3)
Cello – Denyse Buffum, Renita Koven, Rollice Dale, Ronald Cooper, Selene Hurford, Virginia Majewski (Tracks 6, 9)
Violin – Arnold Belnick, Dorothy Wade, Harris Goldman, Henry Roth, Karen Jones, Marcia Van Dyke, Robert Lipsett, Robert Sushel, Winterton Garvey (Tracks 6, 9)

Liner Notes

Producer – Harvey Mason
Arranged By (Horns) – Greg Adams (Track 2)
Arranged By (Horns) – Larry Williams (Track 4)
Arranged By (Horns) – Harvey Mason (Track 8)
Arranged By (Horns) – Kenny Mason (Track 9)
Arranged By (Rhythm, Backing Vocals) – Harvey Mason (Track 1)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Harvey Mason (Tracks 2, 4)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – David Foster (Track 2)
Arranged By (Rhythm, Horns) – Harvey Mason (Track 5)
Arranged By (Rhyhtm) – Bob James (Tracks 7, 9)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Dave Grusin (Track 8)
Arranged By (Strings) – Jerry Peters (Tracks 1, 2, 7)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Harvey Mason (Track 7)
Engineer – Barney Perkins, Don Murray, Frank Byron Clark, Gary O, John Fischbach, John Neal, Peter Chaikin, Phil Schier
Engineer (Assistant) – Bill Hudson, Chris Gordon, Cisco De Luna
Mixed By – Peter Chaikin

Art Direction – Howard Fritzson
Design (Sleeve) – Miguel Sanchez
Photography By – Blue Johnson
Typography (Hand Lettering) – Hal Fiedler

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Arista Records, Inc.
Record Company – Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.
Mixed At – Conway Studios
Recorded At – Conway Studios
Recorded At – Crystal Sound
Recorded At – TBS Studios
Recorded At – Total Experience Studios
Recorded At – A.B.C. Recording Studios
Recorded At – United Western Studios
Recorded At – The Burbank Studios