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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Happy cause

Charlie absolutely kills this song and hellava group. Some of his very best work. Larry Killian or Buddy Caldwell did conga work with Charlie during this era. Montclair, NJ finest.

happy cause it was finally released

yes, i was looking for this album on I Tunes and was disappointed that it was not listed.i have the album and when i bought this from I Tunes it jumped like rec ords use to do. whats up on that? anyway the album is a classic as far as i am concerned, definitely Earlands best


Born: May 24, 1941 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

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 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...
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Intensity, Charles Earland
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Feb 16, 1972

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