Charles Earland

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Born: May 24, 1941 | Died: December 11, 1999    Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3

Charles Earland

Charles Earland came into his own at the tail end of the great 1960s wave of soul-jazz organists, gaining a large following and much airplay with a series of albums for the the Prestige label.

While heavily indebted to Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff, Earland came armed with his own swinging, technically agile, light-textured sound on the keyboard and one of the best walking-bass pedal techniques in the business.

Though not an innovative player in his field, Earland burned with the best of them when he was on.

Earland actually started his musical experiences surreptitiously on his father's alto sax as a kid, and when he was in high school, he played baritone in a band that also featured fellow Philadelphians Pat Martino on guitar, Lew Tabackin on tenor, and yes, Frankie Avalon on trumpet....
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Soul Crib (Choice 1969)
Black Talk! (Original Jazz 1969)
Charles Earland [live] (Trip 1969)
Black Drops (Prestige 1970)
Living Black! (Prestige 1970)
Live at the Lighthouse (Prestige 1972)
Charles 3 (Prestige 1972)
Intensity (Prestige 1972)
The Dynamite Brothers (Prestige 1973)
Leaving This Planet (Prestige 1973)
Kharma (Prestige 1974)
Odyssey (Mercury 1975)
The Great Pyramid (Mercury 1976)
Mama Roots (Muse 1977)
Smokin' (Muse 1977)
Revelation (Mercury 1977)
Pleasant Afternoon (Muse 1978)
Infant Eyes (Muse 1978)
Perceptions (Mercury 1978)
Coming to You Live (Columbia 1980)
Burners (Prestige 1981)
In the Pocket (Muse 1982)
Earland's Jam (CBS 1982)
Street Themes (CBS 1983)
Front Burner (Milestone 1988)
Third Degree Burn (Milestone 1989)
Whip Appeal (Muse 1990)
Unforgettable (Muse 1991)
I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin' (Muse 1992)
Ready 'n' Able (Muse 1995)
Blowing the Blues Away (High Note 1997)
Jazz Organ Summit (Cannonball 1998)
Slammin' & Jammin' (Savant 1998)
Live (Cannonball 1999)
Cookin' with the Mighty Burner (High Note 1999)
The Almighty Burner (32 Jazz 2000)
Stomp! (High Note 2000)

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