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Charles Earland: Jazz Organ Summit

Would you expect a disc which on the surface promises a positively rump rollin’ session of down-home organ jazz, once a staple of nearly every black community in America (which is where this was recorded, smack dab in the heart of Chicago’s South Side at the DuSable Museum), to begin with a ballad tempo-on “Cherokee” no less? Well, that’s exactly what this historic summit meeting does, and it’s a curious way to begin, as a showcase of one of Jim Rotundi’s Freddie Hubbard-inspired trumpet. One imagines this was the date’s way of building to the fireworks that follow-but the rule of thumb, folks, is to be hot from jumpstreet. Spank the producer, though it’s not his fault that this is how the concert opened.

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