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Charles Earland: Blowing The Blues Away

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The title tune is by Horace Silver, as are “Strollin'” and “Quicksilver,” two other tunes on this album. Veteran organist Earland allows in the liner notes that Silver had a great influence on him; thus, this album has a funky feeling (an expectation of most organ dates, anyway) and a Silver-ish front line of trumpet (James Rotundi) and tenor saxophone (Eric Alexander). There’s a nice balance between the hard bop blowing of the hornmen (and guitarist Bob De Vos) and Earland’s more fundamental solo approach. The organist has an effective solo style consisting of swinging riff-like lines that build all the way.

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