CHARLES EARLAND

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Charles Earland (24 May 1941–11 December 1999) was an American jazz composer, organist, and saxophonist.

Earland was born in Philadelphia, and learnt to play the saxophone at high school. He played tenor with Jimmy McGriff at the age of seventeen, and in 1960 started his first group. He started playing the organ after playing with Pat Martino, and joined Lou Donaldson's band from 1968 to 1969.

The group that he led from 1970, including Grover Washington, was successful, and he eventually started playing soprano saxophone and synthesizer. From 1988 until his death Earland traveled extensively one of the many highlights of his latter years was a stellar performance at the Berlin Jazz Festival 1994. Among the musicians that performed with him at the Berlin Jazz Festival included Alabama born, Chicago resident Zimbabu Hamilton http://www.zimprov.com on the Drums.

Earland continued to perform throughout the US and abroad until his death. He
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CHARLES EARLAND Discography

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CHARLES EARLAND The Charlie Earland Trio : Boss Organ album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Charlie Earland Trio : Boss Organ
Soul Jazz 1966
CHARLES EARLAND Soul Crib album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Crib
Soul Jazz 1969
CHARLES EARLAND Black Drops album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Black Drops
Soul Jazz 1970
CHARLES EARLAND Black Talk album cover 3.18 | 3 ratings
Black Talk
Soul Jazz 1970
CHARLES EARLAND Black Power album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Power
Soul Jazz 1971
CHARLES EARLAND Intensity album cover 3.65 | 4 ratings
Intensity
Soul Jazz 1972
CHARLES EARLAND Soul Story album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Story
Soul Jazz 1972
CHARLES EARLAND Charles III album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charles III
Soul Jazz 1973
CHARLES EARLAND The Dynamite Brothers (OST) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Dynamite Brothers (OST)
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1974
CHARLES EARLAND Leaving This Planet album cover 4.25 | 2 ratings
Leaving This Planet
Soul Jazz 1974
CHARLES EARLAND Odyssey album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Odyssey
Soul Jazz 1976
CHARLES EARLAND Charles Earland And Oddysey : The Great Pyramid album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Charles Earland And Oddysey : The Great Pyramid
Soul Jazz 1976
CHARLES EARLAND Charles Earland And Odyssey ‎: Revelation album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Charles Earland And Odyssey ‎: Revelation
Soul Jazz 1977
CHARLES EARLAND Smokin' album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Smokin'
Soul Jazz 1977
CHARLES EARLAND Mama Roots album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mama Roots
Soul Jazz 1978
CHARLES EARLAND Perceptions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Perceptions
Soul Jazz 1978
CHARLES EARLAND Infant Eyes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Infant Eyes
Soul Jazz 1979
CHARLES EARLAND Coming to You Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Coming to You Live
Soul Jazz 1980
CHARLES EARLAND Pleasant Afternoon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Pleasant Afternoon
Soul Jazz 1981
CHARLES EARLAND Earland's Jam album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Earland's Jam
Soul Jazz 1982
CHARLES EARLAND In The Pocket... album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In The Pocket...
Soul Jazz 1982
CHARLES EARLAND Street Themes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Street Themes
Soul Jazz 1983
CHARLES EARLAND Front Burner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Front Burner
Soul Jazz 1988
CHARLES EARLAND Third Degree Burn album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Third Degree Burn
Soul Jazz 1989
CHARLES EARLAND Whip Appeal album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Whip Appeal
Soul Jazz 1991
CHARLES EARLAND Unforgettable album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Unforgettable
Soul Jazz 1992
CHARLES EARLAND I Ain't Jivin' I'm Jammin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I Ain't Jivin' I'm Jammin'
Soul Jazz 1994
CHARLES EARLAND Ready 'n' Able album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ready 'n' Able
Soul Jazz 1995
CHARLES EARLAND Slammin' & Jammin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Slammin' & Jammin'
Soul Jazz 1997
CHARLES EARLAND Blowing the Blues Away album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blowing the Blues Away
Soul Jazz 1997
CHARLES EARLAND Cookin' With the Mighty Burner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cookin' With the Mighty Burner
Soul Jazz 1999
CHARLES EARLAND Stomp! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Stomp!
Soul Jazz 2000
CHARLES EARLAND Charles Earland & Najee : If Only For One Night album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charles Earland & Najee : If Only For One Night
Soul Jazz 2002

CHARLES EARLAND EPs & splits

CHARLES EARLAND live albums

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"Live" Freakin' Off (aka Charles Earland)
Soul Jazz 1971
CHARLES EARLAND Living Black! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Living Black!
Soul Jazz 1971
CHARLES EARLAND Live at the Lighthouse album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Live at the Lighthouse
Soul Jazz 1972
CHARLES EARLAND Kharma album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kharma
Soul Jazz 1975
CHARLES EARLAND Charles Earland's Jazz Organ Summit album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Charles Earland's Jazz Organ Summit
Soul Jazz 1997
CHARLES EARLAND Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live
Soul Jazz 1999

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CHARLES EARLAND re-issues & compilations

CHARLES EARLAND The Almighty Burner album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Almighty Burner
Soul Jazz 2000
CHARLES EARLAND Anthology album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Anthology
Soul Jazz 2000
CHARLES EARLAND Organomically Correct album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Organomically Correct
Soul Jazz 2000
CHARLES EARLAND Funk Fantastique album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Funk Fantastique
Soul Jazz 2004

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CHARLES EARLAND Black Talk

Album · 1970 · Soul Jazz
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“Black Talk” is a good solid set of hard bop/funk/soul jazz from one of the masters of the funky B3, Charles Earland. There isn’t anything particularly surprising on here, but at the same time there are no weaknesses either, the band keeps a no-nonsense groove from beginning to end. Side one consists of three Earland originals; “Black Talk” is old school proto-funk, “The Mighty Burner” is uptempo conga driven swing and “Here Comes Charlie” brings back the jazzy bluesy proto-funk with good lengthy solos from everyone.

On side two their version of “Aquarius” avoids the song’s usual heavy-handed dramatic clichés and instead goes for an abstract uptempo Latin post-bop feel. The album closes with a medium swing version of the old classic “More than Yesterday”. Although this song is less modern than the others, the players have a lot of fun with it. Guitarist Melvin Sparks is particularly inspired on this one with an odd humorous solo that borders on the avant-garde. The presence of a small horn section always brings so much to music like this. This isn’t Earland’s best record, but its much better than a lot of the disco stuff he would do later.

CHARLES EARLAND Live at the Lighthouse

Live album · 1972 · Soul Jazz
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You could call ‘Live at the Lighthouse’ a soul jazz record, but it’s a lot more energetic than your typical laid back back-yard BBQ affair. Recoded live in the early 70s when so many jazz musicians were influenced by a certain African flavored psychedelic soul trip vibe, this album has a killer conga driven groove plus a lot of energetic solos that never allow for a dull moment. Earland’s B3 playing is solid throughout and would certainly appeal to fans of rockin jazzy Hammond players from Jack McDuff to Jon Lord.

Although Earland has released his share of commercial pop albums, the pop tunes on this album are merely launching pads for more hot groove based soloing. Sly Stone’s ‘Smiling’ in particular is transformed into a high energy rocker that amplifies the original version’s bright chord progressions. Another plus to the sound of this album is the three piece horn section which gives the band a mini-big band effect. This horn driven ensemble sound is used to great effect on their swingin version of ‘We’ve Only Just Begun’.

This album isn’t exactly high art, the formula is simple, great 70s styled grooves topped with loose high energy solos. Fans of similar conga-meets-B3 groove bands such as Santana, Jack McDuff, Brian Auger or Jimmy Smith’s ‘Root Down’ album will find a lot to like here.

CHARLES EARLAND Intensity

Album · 1972 · Soul Jazz
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Intensity’ isn’t the best album I’ve heard by Earland, but despite the fact that half the album’s tunes are pop covers, this is much better than his sometimes overtly commercial output. Side one consists of a Latin jazz lounge groove cover of Chicago’s ‘Happy I’m Goin Home’ and a swing big band cover of Carole King’s ‘Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow‘. Neither of these covers are corny at all, the big band cover is more Don Ellis and Thad Jones than Glen Miller. On both tunes the soloists, including B3 maestro Earland, have room to go off and the rhythm section, led by the great Billy Cobham, provides variations and energy surges that keeps things interesting.

Side two contains two Earland originals. ‘Cause I love Her’ brings back the Latin groove for a cut that has that Latin soul jazz rare groove ambience that acid jazz DJs will kill to get their hands on. The album closes with something totally different. ‘Morgan’ opens with an abstract melody made of quartal leaps, somewhat similar to ‘Freedom Jazz Dance’, which leads to a driving post-bop swing that gives the soloists plenty of room to go off in an almost free jazz manner.

This is a nice record by Charles, Billy and the rest. Some tunes may start off as mellow pop covers, but this is a real full-blooded jazz record and all the musicians get a chance to morph and shape these tunes to their liking.

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