9 November 2007


Charles Earland for Prestige from 1972.
The mighty burner with a mighty banger!!!
Dusty Groove:
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


steve.d said...

great stuff keep that billy harper connection going bro.

Vichakani said...

Woohoo!! Another Earland banger, a great weekend for listening to the great man. Thanks Bacoso, much obliged.

ginette said...

nice one ! Thanks a lot.

genezyp said...

I'm not in favour of Earland very much, of the organ grinders I know I've always preferred Larry Young; but judging from your description of the session, this might just be that one album that everyone should go for, no matter what. I just hope this cooks as much as you say it does :)

les said...

I'm not a big jazz organ fan, but this is one smoking album. After hearing it, I found a vinyl copy in one of my locals for $5.00! Thanks again for introducing me to music I would have never discovered on my own. You're awsome.

Rayshawn said...

This album is sooo sick! Thanks man, keep the hot shit comin