Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Charles Earland - 1974 - The Dynamite Brothers

Charles Earland 
The Dynamite Brothers

01. Betty's Theme 5:01
02. Never Ending Melody 5:19
03. Grasshopper 2:47
04. Shanty Blues 4:11
05. Weedhopper 3:32
06. Razor J. 2:25
07. Snake 8:37
08. Kungfusion 3:41
09. Incense Of Essence 4:39

Organ, Electric Piano, Synthesizer – Charles Earland
Drums [Left Side] – Billy Hart
Drums, Timpani [Right Side] – Daryll Washington
Electric Bass – Mervin Bronson
Flute, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone – Dave Hubbard
Guitar – Cornell Dupree, Keith Loving, Mark Elf
Percussion – Larry Lillian
Synthesizer – Patrick Gleeson
Trombone – Wayne Andre
Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Danny Moore, Eddie Henderson, Jon Faddis, Victor Paz

Recorded at C.I. Recording, New York City in November 1973.
Remixed at Fantasy Studios, Berkley, Ca. in December 1973.

Charles Earland composed and played on the soundtrack to The Dynamite Brothers, one of the most obscure blaxploitation movies. Although there were some soul-jazz elements in the score, it also reflected the move among many musicians from that background into funk, fusion, and rock territory in the early- to mid-'70s, particularly in the synthesizers by Patrick Gleeson. It often sounds like the kind of music you might have heard from a band warming up a crowd for a Miles Davis concert of the time. It's suitably slightly spaced soul/funk/fusion, atmospheric but not too heavy on remarkable compositional ideas. Gleeson does come up with some eerie wavering, high-pitched effects and squiggles on his ARP 2600 and Pro Soloist synths, and Earland gets down with some real earthy extended bluesy soloing on "Shanty Blues." Earland switches from organ to soprano sax on the most avant-garde and dissonant outing, the eight-minute "Snake." In 2001, the album was paired on a single-CD reissue on Prestige with another blaxploitation soundtrack, the Blackbyrds' Cornbread, Earl and Me.

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