Charles Earland


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This two-disc set from London's Soul Brother Records does a great job of consolidating Hammond B-3 player Charles Earland's early and late stylistic phases, picking key tracks from his Prestige and Muse soul-jazz period for the first disc and tracks from his later jazz-funk era with Mercury and Columbia for the second disc. Since fans of one style might not be fans of the other, it's nice having them separated like this, and everything you really need for an introduction to Earland's full career is here, from his first big side, "Black Talk," through his intergalactic "Betty Boop" phase, while the common denominator between the two discs is Earland's relentless pursuit of the groove.

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