Selection: Of Love and Peace (320 kbps MP3)
Eddie Gale (trumpet) James Spaulding (alto saxophone, flute) Herbert Morgan (tenor saxophone) Larry Young (organ) Wilson Moorman III, Jerry Thomas (drums) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, July 28, 1966
Larry Young: soul jazz meets hard bop meets avant garde. When you first tune in to Young, you find yourself inevitably looking for a reference point, an anchor to understand the music, which hearing the Hammond is inevitably Jimmy Smith. Young set out to reconcile the angry “new thing” with other jazz traditions, and in the process was probably one of the few who succeeded in shaking off the spectre of Jimmy Smith, stabbing the keys of the Hammond B3, to death. I see it like this:
Young’s trademark was a simmering modal backdrop for blistering solos which stretch the boundaries of the harmonic centre. Eddie Gale, fresh from working with Cecil Taylor, unsettles any funk-expectations. The experimental feel is strengthened by the unusual choice of two drummers, who together create forward motion in an otherwise free improvisation.
Young’s previous Blue Note title Unity (which I haven’t suceeded in finding other than on the evil silver disk) is considered Young’s greatest , but Of Love and Peace comes a close second. Despite its title, the music offers musically very little sentiment of Love or Peace.
AB Spellman’s liner notes devote considerable attention to Youngs’ adoption of Sunni Islam ( Muslim name Khaled Yasin) to which Young attributes “inner peace and accelerated growth”. Sounds more Californian self-help to me, with a little Maharishi Yogi thrown in, but perhaps the world looked a little different place in the ’60s.
Young’s earlier career included several Blue Note titles with Grant Green, some titles of his own, in the early ’70s recording with Tony William’s Lifetime, electric Miles Davis, fusion-genre John McLaughlin and Lenny White, until he died unexpectedly in 1978.
Vinyl: BN 4242 mono, VAN GELDER , 1966 NY Liberty Blue Note, no ear, none expected.
Fascinating surreal cover in the manner of Jean Cocteau, La Belle et La Bete, meets flower-power, credited to Reid Miles.
West London record store, a surprising item given the heavy footfall of London’s few remaining record stores. But that’s what happens. Five visits, nothing, then suddenly an interesting find. A lot more rewarding than being topped on Ebay by dealers with a budget close to the GDP of Belgium.
Cracked record but it happened again today – second-placed by someone with a score in thousands, all records, I assume a dealer. I have a feeling, not based on any evidence, that score in thousands indicates a professional dealer in records, but who knows, it might indicate someone with a huge appetite for acquisition. I am curious. As a reader of this blog you are probably a bidder or seller on Ebay. What’s your Ebay score? Not the exact number, I don’t want to identify anybody, just in broad bands.
If you have never bought or sold on Ebay simply indicate “none”. That in itself will be interesting
It gives me an idea how much interest there is in following happenings on Ebay.