Funk Fantastique

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Although Funk Fantastique is a somewhat thrown-together affair, the music presented on the album represents solid work by organist/keyboardist Charles Earland and company. The material at the center of the album tracks four through seven was originally released as Charles III in 1972, and the surrounding tracks are previously unreleased. Since the unreleased material comes from two different sessions, three different ensembles grace Funk Fantastique. The presence of singer Joe Lee Wilson on the dated "Auburn Delight" think cheesy '70s jazz offers even more variety. Through it all, though, Earland's funky organ and keyboard brings all the material together under the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Although Funk Fantastique is a somewhat thrown-together affair, the music presented on the album represents solid work by organist/keyboardist Charles Earland and company. The material at the center of the album tracks four through seven was originally released as Charles III in 1972, and the surrounding tracks are previously unreleased. Since the unreleased material comes from two different sessions, three different ensembles grace Funk Fantastique. The presence of singer Joe Lee Wilson on the dated "Auburn Delight" think cheesy '70s jazz offers even more variety. Through it all, though, Earland's funky organ and keyboard brings all the material together under the banner of soul-jazz. Even on an unsuccessful and sexist piece like "Auburn Delight," Earland's organ work has a brisk, spunky quality that makes the instrumental portion of the song sparkle. Much better, however, are "Charles III" and "Girl, You Need a Change of Mind," both supported by large, energetic horn sections. There's also some solid guitar work from Jack Turner on the latter piece. Among the unreleased tracks, there's a fun version of "Never Can Say Goodbye," the old Jackson 5 hit, with nice soprano work by Jimmy Vass. Funk Fantastique never ties up all of its loose ends, but it nonetheless lives up to its title.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218313025
  • Catalog Number: 11030
  • Sales rank: 142,426

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Earland Primary Artist, Organ, Percussion, Electric Piano, Soprano Saxophone
Jon Faddis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Billy Harper Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
Hubert Laws Flute, Piccolo
Lee Morgan Trumpet
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone
Seldon Powell Alto Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Maynard Parker Guitar
Gary Chandler Trumpet
Garnett Brown Trombone
Buddy Caldwell Conga
Billy Cobham Drums
Dick Griffin Trombone
Jack Jeffers Trombone, Tuba
Virgil Jones Trumpet, Soloist
Lawrence Killian Conga
Jesse Kilpatrick Drums
Sonny Morgan Conga
Victor Paz Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Stuart Scharf Acoustic Guitar
Jack Turner Guitar, Percussion
Jimmy Vass Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Darryl Washington Percussion, Drums
Joe Lee Wilson Vocals
William Thorpe Baritone Saxophone
Lee Morgan Quintet Trumpet, Soloist
Joe Shepley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Richard Gene Williams Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Richard Williams Trumpet, Flugelhorn
William Thorpe Baritone (Vocal)
Larry Killian Conga
Technical Credits
Clifton Davis Composer
Aretha Franklin Composer
Charles Earland Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Lee Morgan Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Ozzie Cadena Audio Production
Leonard Caston Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Teddy White Composer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Tom Terrell Liner Notes
Anita Poree Composer
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