Charles Earland

Genres: Jazz
Descriptive "tags": jazz funk jazz-funk organ soul-jazz Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

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, Earland’s 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, 1969’s 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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