- Released: February 2, 1993
- Label: Prestige
- 1.Leaving This Planet
- 2.Red Clay
- 3.Warp Factor 8
- 4.Brown Eyes
- 6.Mason's Galaxy
- 7.No Me Esqueca :: Don't Forget Me
- 9.Van Jay
- 10.Never Ending Melody
Personnel: Charles Earland (organ), Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Eddie Henderson, Dave Hubbard, Dr. Patrick Gleeson, Mark Elf, Eddie Arkin, Greg Crockett, Brian Brake, Harvey Mason, Larry Killian, Rudy Copeland.
Recorded in December, 1973 and February, 1974.
Two LPs on one CD.
Personnel: Charles Earland (soprano saxophone, electric piano, organ, synthesizer); Rudy Copeland (vocals); Eddie Arkin, Greg Crockett, Mark Elf (guitar); Dave Hubbard (flute, alto flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hubbard (trumpet, flugelhorn); Eddie Henderson (trumpet); Patrick Gleeson (synthesizer); Harvey Mason, Sr. , Brian Brake (drums); Lawrence Killian (percussion).
Audio Remixers: Eddie Harris; Orrin Keepnews; Charles Earland.
Liner Note Author: Michael Rozek.
Recording information: Berkeley, CA (12/11/1973-12/13/1973); Different Fur Trading Co., San Francisco, CA (12/11/1973-12/13/1973); Fantasy Studios, Bereley, CA (12/11/1973-12/13/1973).
Illustrator: Phil Carroll.
Unknown Contributor Role: Patrick Gleeson.
A definite departure from the type of earthy, groove-oriented soul-jazz he usually embraced, Leaving This Planet is perhaps Charles Earland's most ambitous album -- not necessarily his best, but certainly his most surprising. Responding to the fusion revolution, Earland plays keyboards and various synthesizers in addition to his usual Hammond B-3 organ and thrives in a very electric setting. The album (reissued on a 79-minute CD in 1993) isn't fusion in the same sense as Miles Davis, Larry Coryell or Weather Report -- rather, he incorporates funk and rock elements in a manner not unlike the early-'70s experiments of tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson and trumpeter Freddie Hubbard. And in fact, those greats (as well as trumpeter Eddie Henderson) are among the superb soloists featured. Whether the Philadelphian is embracing Hub's "Red Clay" or Henderson's "Recorda-Me" or fine compositions of his own (which range from the congenial, pleasant "Brown Eyes" to the abstract "Warp Factor 8"), he leaves no doubt just how much he's enjoying this surprising change of pace. ~ Alex Henderson