The Almighty Burner

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All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
Organist Charles Earland, who many referred to as "The Mighty Burner," passed away in 1999. On this 2000 release titled The Almighty Burner, 32 Jazz eternalizes the memory of a musician who was among the finest practitioners of jazz/groove organ-led ensembles. Earland, ever the protagonist, performed with fiery intensity amid soul-drenched lines, which is most evident on this set of originals and sprightly jazzed-up renditions of pop hits such as Gordon/Bourne's "Unforgettable" and P. N. Upton's "More Today Than Yesterday." Consisting of 11 tracks spanning 1976 through 1991, the listener should benefit from this comprehensive overview of Earland's stylistic melding of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Glenn Astarita
Organist Charles Earland, who many referred to as "The Mighty Burner," passed away in 1999. On this 2000 release titled The Almighty Burner, 32 Jazz eternalizes the memory of a musician who was among the finest practitioners of jazz/groove organ-led ensembles. Earland, ever the protagonist, performed with fiery intensity amid soul-drenched lines, which is most evident on this set of originals and sprightly jazzed-up renditions of pop hits such as Gordon/Bourne's "Unforgettable" and P. N. Upton's "More Today Than Yesterday." Consisting of 11 tracks spanning 1976 through 1991, the listener should benefit from this comprehensive overview of Earland's stylistic melding of funk, pop, and mainstream jazz into a vernacular that proclaimed his shrewd rhythmic sensibilities and predilection for reconstructing themes and melodies. The organist also performs a bouncy, finger-snapping version of Miles Davis' "Milestones," as this set reaches its finale with a radiant post-bop translation of saxophonist Joe Henderson's composition "The Kicker." Artists such as saxophonists Houston Person, Eric Alexander, and trombonist Clifford Adams represent some of the more notable jazz performers who supported Earland on these often-vivacious pieces. Hence, The Almighty Burner offers a worthy snapshot of this time-honored yet sorely missed artist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2000
  • Label: 32. Jazz Records
  • UPC: 604123219624
  • Catalog Number: 32196

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charles Earland Primary Artist, Organ
Johnny Coles Flugelhorn
Walter Perkins Drums
Houston Person Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Ponder Guitar
Melvin Sparks Guitar
Idris Muhammad Drums
Lawrence Killian Percussion, Conga
Buddy Williams Drums
Clifford Adams Trombone
Marvin Jones Drums
Gregory Williams Drums
Kenny Rampton Trumpet
Technical Credits
Melvin Sparks Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Todd A. Gerard Mastering
Hal Wilson Back Cover
D. Paul Composer
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