Personnel: Charles Earland (organ); Billy Harper (tenor saxophone, alto flute); William Thorpe (baritone saxophone); Lee Morgan, Virgil Jones, Victor Paz, Jon Faddis (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jack Jeffers (trombone, bass trombone); Dick Griffin, Clifford Adams (trombone); Hubert Laws (flute, piccolo); John Fourie, Greg Miller, Maynard Parker (guitar); Billy Cobham (drums); Sonny Morgan (congas).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on February 16 & 17, 1972. Includes liner notes by Van Jay.
Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1999, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Charles Earland (organ); Greg Miller , Greg Millar, Johnny Fourie, Maynard Parker (guitar); Hubert Laws (flute, piccolo); Billy Harper (alto flute, tenor saxophone); William Thorpe (baritone saxophone, brass); Lee Morgan, Victor Paz, Virgil Jones (trumpet, flugelhorn); Jon Faddis (trumpet); Clifford Adams, Dick Griffin (trombone, tenor trombone); Jack Jeffers (bass trombone); Billy Cobham (drums); Sonny Morgan (congas).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Recording information: Nj (02/16/1972/02/17/1972); VAn Gelder Studio, Englewood Cl (02/16/1972/02/17/1972).
Photographer: Tony Lane.
Arrangers: Virgil Jones; Charles Earland.
Even if the performances on Intensity weren't excellent, this Charles Earland session would be required listening for jazz historians because it marked the last recorded documentation of Lee Morgan. Only two days after Intensity was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's famous New Jersey studio on February 17, 1972, the influential trumpeter was shot and killed by a girlfriend at the age of 33. Refusing to confine himself to hard bop, Morgan was exploring soul-jazz and fusion during the last years of his life -- and his enthusiasm for soul-jazz is hard to miss on Earland's funky "'Cause I Love Her" as well as inventive interpretations of Chicago's "Happy 'Cause I'm Goin' Home" and the Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." Originally released on LP by Prestige, Intensity was out of print for many years but was reissued on CD in 1999 for Fantasy's Original Jazz Classics (OJC) series. For the CD, Fantasy added two bonus tracks: a passionate remake of Morgan's "Speedball" and a driving version of Chicago's "Lowdown," which shouldn't be confused with Boz Scaggs' 1976 hit. The importance of this reissue cannot be denied. ~ Alex Henderson