JazzTimes - 5/96, p.63
"...one of soul jazz's most successful crossover hits....a good starting point for any younger groovehead interested in exploring the roots of his chosen music."
Jazziz - 12/95, p.100
"...effectively combine[s] jazz's freedom with soul/R&B's immediacy. For B-3 fanatics, BLACK TALK! is a necessity. Period."
Personnel: Charles Earland (organ); Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Virgil Jones (trumpet); Melvin Sparks (guitar); Idris Muhammad (drums); Buddy Caldwell (congas).
Recorded at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on December 15, 1969. Includes liner notes by Bob Porter.
Digitally remastered by Phil De Lancie (1995, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Charles Earland (organ); Melvin Sparks (guitar); Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Virgil Jones (trumpet); Idris Muhammad (drums); Buddy Caldwell (congas).
Audio Remasterer: Rudy Van Gelder.
Liner Note Authors: Rudy Van Gelder; Bob Porter.
Recording information: Englewood Cliffs, NJ (12/15/1969); Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (12/15/1969).
Author: Rudy Van Gelder.
Photographer: Al Johnson .
The Philadelphia jazz organist Charles Earland, who scored a hit in 1970 with "Black Talk," his soul-jazz adaptation of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby," heads this collection of funky, straight-ahead instrumentals that includes his version of "Aquarius" and the hard-bopping "Mighty Burner."