9 November 2007
CHARLES EARLAND - INTENSITY
Charles Earland for Prestige from 1972.
The mighty burner with a mighty banger!!!
A wonderfully-named session -- as Charles Earland plays here with an intensity that's undeniable! The album marks a key shift for Earland -- one away from the more standard soul jazz mode, into a realm of looser, freer rhythms that really take off from the start -- knowing no end on the longer tunes, and really letting Charles run to the skies on the keys of the Hammond! The group on the set is a larger than usual one -- with a trumpet section that includes Lee Morgan and Virgil Jones; reed players that include Billy Harper and Hubert Laws; and a double-edged rhythm line forged through the drums of Billy Cobham and the conga of Sonny Morgan -- often working alongside each other to really widen the groove! The sound is remarkable -- tight, but never slick -- and in a sophisticated groove that could hardly be hinted at from Earland's earlier work.
Alex Henderson @AMG :
Even if the performances on Intensity weren't excellent, this Charles Earland session would be required listening for jazz historians because it marked the last recorded documentation of Lee Morgan. Only two days after Intensity was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's famous New Jersey studio on February 17, 1972, the influential trumpeter was shot and killed by a girlfriend at the age of 33. Refusing to confine himself to hard bop, Morgan was exploring soul-jazz and fusion during the last years of his life -- and his enthusiasm for soul-jazz is hard to miss on Earland's funky "'Cause I Love Her" as well as inventive interpretations of Chicago's "Happy 'Cause I'm Goin' Home" and the Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow."
32o rip of the original lp format