Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Charles Earland - 1978 - Perceptions

Charles Earland 

01. Let The Music Play (6:48)
02. I Like It (5:04)
03. Changes (3:41)
04. Dance America (5:10)
05. Over And Over (9:31)
06. Smile (6:35)
07. Broken Heart (3:50)
08. Charley (0:22)

Backing Vocals – Skyy
Bass, Backing Vocals – Gregory Spotswood
Congas – Alfredo Rios, Jr.
Drums, Backing Vocals – Daryle Moss
Drums – Larry Payton (track 2)
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Clifford Richmond
Lead Guitar – (Butch) Sierra
Lead Vocals, Keyboards, Percussion – Charles Earland
Percussion – Lenny A. Gibbs
Rhythm Guitar – Sol Roberts
Saxophone – Keith Larence (track 6)
Strings – Irv Spice Strings

Earland, one of the leading proponents of the Hammond B-3 organ, meets Randy Muller, the innovator of brassy riffs with Brass Construction, for a crossover attempt. Muller produced the set, and his brass arrangements are OK, but it's Earland's powerful organ that stays on point throughout. The first side is more jazz-disco fusion, while side two is more quiet storm-ish (except for the funky, relentless, nine-minute "Over and Over"). "Smile," a beautiful piece with a stunning sax solo, is the closet thing to jazz. "I Like It" and "Let the Music Play" are earnest but unexpected shots at the disco market.