24 May 1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 11 December 1999, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Earland began his musical career, playing saxophone, while still at school. First on alto and then tenor, he played with a number of bands and soon after graduation joined the small band led by organist Jimmy McGriff. Later, he formed a band of his own using the currently popular organ/saxophone/rhythm section format. Intent on pursuing this concept but experiencing problems with organists, he began playing the organ himself. He was hired as organist for a band led by Lou Donaldson before he resumed as a leader. Throughout the 70s, Earlands group was in great demand and he proved popular both in live performances, in clubs and at festivals, and also as a recording artist. His first album for Prestige Records, 1969s Black Talk!, has proved to have an enduring appeal for aficionados of the soul jazz genre. Earland recorded extensively for Prestige and Muse,...
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