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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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October 13, 2016

Keyboard Event: 1981

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Discography

 

Earland's Jam...

P.S.F. Records
2012

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Earland's Street...

P.S.F. Records
2012

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Leaving This Planet

P.S.F. Records
2008

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Black Talk!

Black Talk!

Prestige Records
2006

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The Mighty Burner: The Best of His Highnote Recordings

The Mighty Burner:...

HighNote Records
2004

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Funk Fantastique

P.S.F. Records
2004

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