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Keith Mason – My Good Thing

July 23, 2016

Sometimes, a project will come to me humbly and unheralded and turn out to be such an incredible knockout that writing a review for it is almost mandatory. Indie bassist Keith Mason’s My Good Thing is just that type of impressive a project.  I’m sure that I’m introducing to many of you for the first time the inspiring, up-tempo, and happy groove of this spiritually sound and motivated artist. Not only can this cat play, he does so at the pinnacle of emotion via his bass and the compositions he presents.

Aside from his saxophonist Tadric Robinson, Mason plays all instruments here and has penned, arranged, and produced all of the compositions. My Good Thing will demand that you get on board this hallelujah train and ride. It’s all about feeling the spirit here.

Moving music in this way is not new by any means (Ben Tankard, Jonathan Butler, Kirk Whalum, and others come to mind), but Mason makes it clear that this is the elite club to which he definitely belongs. This is not just gospel-inspired music, it’s an attitude and a humble expression of gratitude.

From Mason’s stompin’ and snappy bass-heavy lead track “Lift Him Up” to the equally lively “Hold On” to the high-steppin’ “Stand,” all the way through the movin’, groovin’ Kirk Franklin-style 10-minute long “Over N’ Glory” and on through the high-flyin’ finale “Calvary,” this bass-wielding picture of contentment struts in faith and confidence.

My Good Thing should quickly become your good thing upon listening to the uplifting and musically solid tracks offered here. Keith Mason could easily become your new best friend. – Ronald Jackson