Song Of The Day 8/23/2016: Charles Earland – “Leaving This Planet”
Charles Earland played the Hammond B-3 organ, an instrument I still mythologize. Earland might have been the best B-3 jazz player there was. Stories abound about his mastery of the walking bass line on the pedals of the B-3, which are things I was never going to get the hang of, no how. "Leaving This Planet" was a 1974 recording that branched Earland out of his very attractive soul-jazz style -- not many people can make "More Today Than Yesterday" swing as believably as Earland -- and put him in the middle of the rock-jazz fusion thing everyone was so ga-ga over in 1974. I can only sympathize.