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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.
Performance CreditsCharles Earland Primary Artist,Organ,Performing Ensemble
Jon Faddis Trumpet
Billy Harper Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Hubert Laws Flute,Piccolo
Lee Morgan Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Maynard Parker Guitar
Billy Cobham Drums
Dick Griffin Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Jack Jeffers Bass Trombone
Virgil Jones Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Performing Ensemble
Greg Millar Guitar
Sonny Morgan Conga
Victor Paz Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Clifford Adams Trombone,Tenor Trombone
William Thorpe Baritone Saxophone,Brass
Johnny Fourie Guitar,Fuzz Guitar
Greg Miller Guitar
Technical CreditsCharles Earland Arranger,Producer
Lee Morgan Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Virgil Jones Arranger
Robert Lamm Composer