25 December 2006
LARRY YOUNG - HEAVEN ON EARTH
Here's a little something to listen to while the rest of the house watch interminable repeats and piss poor Xmas specials on the TV. Personally I shall spend the day drinking heavily and will have hopefully passed out by the time the truly appalling Eastenders is on.
Larry Young on Blue Note with George Benson-Guitar ;Eddie Gladden-Drums;Byard Lancaster-Sax (Alto) ;Herbert Morgan-Sax (Tenor).
Larry sits deep in the groove for this outing from 1968."Heaven on Earth"and "The Infant" are both solid hunks of funk while "The Cradle" and "Call Me" have a funky bossa feeling.Keeping it in the family he called the Mrs in to do a vocal on "My Funny Valentine"which really tested my patience under a pair of headphones (but not as much as Chet Baker's endless versions).Best tune for me is"The Hereafter"which is a more open ended exploratory piece which signals the sound Larry would develop on the great "Mothership" in the following year.
This has yet to make it to an individual cd issue although it was included in the Larry Young Mosaic Box Set .This post is a rip at 320 from the original vinyl.