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by Marc Cohn
Who took the happiness out? Not Gifts & Messages! This week we celebrate the 50th anniversary for the Blue Note album Mother Ship by Larry Young. Also featured is Blue Note No. 6 from Sidney Bechet and three tracks to start the Art Blakey centennial celebration, including a rare (and powerful) one from Gypsy Folk Tales. Oczywiście, there's more! Gifts & Messages is the antidote for the Polar Vortex.... Playlist Dirty Dozen Brass Band Who Took ...read more
by Mark Corroto
You may know organist Larry Young from his work in The Tony Williams Lifetime band (with John McLaughlin) and later with Jimi Hendrix, and Carlos Santana or you may just be hip to his Blue Note 1960's years. Nonetheless, you would certainly be surprised to learn that he lived to be just 38 years old, passing away in 1978. As the philosopher Lao Tzu said, The flame that burns twice as bright, burns half as long" Born Larry ...read more
by Marc Davis
In high school and college in the 1970s, I was a huge fan of progressive rock, especially Yes and Emerson Lake & Palmer. As a pianist myself, I was floored by Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson. How did they do that? Fast, creative, loud, part-rock, part-jazz, part-classical. Wow. My obsession with Moog synthesizers led me to classical music through the back door. ELP led to Switched On Bach, which led to, well, real Bach. Later, the same impulse ...read more
by Greg Simmons
Organist Larry Young's Into Something is full of relaxed grooves, great melodies and strong performances from tenor saxophonist Sam Rivers and 1960s stalwarts Elvin Jones (drums) and Grant Green (guitar). Originally released in 1964, this record has been remastered and released on 45 RPM vinyl by Ron Rambach at Music Matters.Soul Jazz? Groove Jazz? Whatever. It's good jazz and that's what matters. On the opening Tyrone," Young plays deep blues at a straightforward, un-showy pace that gets enhanced ...read more
by Greg Simmons
Larry Young's best known record, Unity (Blue Note, 1966), addresses the Hammond B3's more challenging sonic tendencies first by good management of the instrument--blending volumes and stops to add subtlety and variation to the electrified sound--and then by adding some of the best sidemen available. Now reissued by Music Matters on 45 RPM vinyl, the record reveals more about the recording than has likely been heard on previous issues. Remastered from the original session tapes, Music Matters strives ...read more
by Eddie Becton
Organist Larry Young's Of Love and Peace was initially recorded in '66. The title was perhaps Young's echo for calm during the turbulent '60s. Blue Note's reissue of this gem is just as likely to resonate today, particularly during the current climate of political pugilism in America. Of Love and Peace contains only four tracks, but each tells a unique story. For example, Pavanne" is a mid-tempo piece that highlights band's collective talent and individual acumen. A wonderful introductory piece, ...read more
by John Kelman
Eight scant months after his classic Unity (Blue Note, '65), organist Larry Young was back in the studio with a larger ensemble and a bolder concept. The title Of Love and Peace may stand in direct contrast to the music within; there may be plenty of love, but on this cacophonous album of barely-controlled chaos, there's precious little peace.
Augmenting the front line of trumpeter Eddie Gale, alto saxophonist/flautist James Spaulding and tenor saxophonist Herbert Morgan, Young opts for a ...read more