Sunday, November 13, 2011

Charles Earland - Intensity "The Complete Sessions with Lee Morgan" (1999)

Charles Earland - Intensity "The Complete Sessions with Lee Morgan" (1999)
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Genre ~ Jazz-Funk, Soul | Label ~ Prestige/OJC

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." Originally released on LP by Prestige, Intensity was out of print for many years but was reissued on CD in 1999 for Fantasy's Original Jazz Classics (OJC) series. For the CD, Fantasy added two bonus tracks: a passionate remake of Morgan's "Speedball" and a driving version of Chicago's "Lowdown," which shouldn't be confused with Boz Scaggs' 1976 hit. The importance of this reissue cannot be denied. ~Allmusic

01. Happy 'Cause I'm Goin' Home (11:22)
02. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (6:59)
03. 'Cause I Love Her (9:46)
04. Morgan (10:32)
05. Lowdown (8:20)
06. Speedball (5:20)

Charles Earland - organ; with,
Lee Morgan, Virgil Jones, Victor Paz, Jon Faddis,
Jack Jeffers, Billy Harper, Hubert Laws, Maynard Parker,
Sonny Morgan, Billy Cobham, and others.

Recorded by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Recorded on February 16 and 17, 1972
Originally released on "Charles III (Prestige 10061)"
Produced by Charles Earland
Associate Producer: Jim Rein (#5 and 6)
Supervision by Ozzie Cadena
Orchestration and arrangements by Charles Earland & Virgil Jones
Remastering, 1999 - Kirk Felton (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)
Original LP art direction, photo - Tony Lane
Liner notes by Van Jay