Personnel: Charles Earland (organ); Frank Wess (tenor saxophone, flute); George Coleman, Houston Person, Dave Schnitter, Mack Goldsbury (tenor saxophone); Bill Hardman (trumpet); Jimmy Ponder, Melvin Sparks (guitar); Grady Tate, Walter Perkins, Bobby Durham (drums); Ralph Dorsey, Lawrence Killian (percussion).
Producers: Ozzie Cadena, Houston Person.
Compilation producers: Adam Dorn, Joel Dorn.
Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey in 1977-1978. Includes liner notes by Joel Dorn.
Organomically Correct revisits selections from three of Charles Earland's late-'70s Muse recordings. While most fans of "The Mighty Burner" treasure his Prestige dates released earlier in the decade, his sessions for Muse contained as much gritty funk without the fusion-ish over-production Earland toyed with that marred recordings like Intensity. The musicians on these tracks are spectacular, including tenor saxophonists George Freeman, Frank Wess, or Houston Person; guitarist Jimmy Ponder or Melvin Sparks; and Grady Tate or Walter Perkins on drums. Of the 12 tracks, nine are Earland originals, alongside Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes" and the standards "Undecided" and "Old Folks." Fans of organ jazz or funk should check this out. ~ Al Campbell