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Even if the performances on Intensity weren't excellent, this Charles Earland session would be required listening for jazz historians because it marked the last recorded documentation of Lee Morgan. Only two days after Intensity was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's famous New Jersey studio on February 17, 1972, the influential trumpeter was shot and killed by a girlfriend at the age of 33. Refusing to confine himself to hard bop, Morgan was exploring soul-jazz and fusion during the last years of his life -- and his enthusiasm for soul-jazz is hard to miss on Earland's funky "'Cause I Love Her" as well as inventive interpretations of Chicago's "Happy 'Cause I'm Goin' Home" and the Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow." Originally released on LP by Prestige, Intensity was out of print for many years but was reissued on CD in 1999 for Fantasy's Original Jazz Classics (OJC) series. For the CD, Fantasy added two bonus tracks: a passionate remake of Morgan's "Speedball" and a driving version of Chicago's "Lowdown," which shouldn't be confused with Boz Scaggs' 1976 hit. The importance of this reissue cannot be denied.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/1999
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0025218702126
catalogNumber: 1021

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Earland   Primary Artist,Organ,Performing Ensemble
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
Billy Harper   Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Hubert Laws   Flute,Piccolo
Lee Morgan   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Maynard Parker   Guitar
Billy Cobham   Drums
Dick Griffin   Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Jack Jeffers   Bass Trombone
Virgil Jones   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Performing Ensemble
Greg Millar   Guitar
Sonny Morgan   Conga
Victor Paz   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Clifford Adams   Trombone,Tenor Trombone
William Thorpe   Baritone Saxophone,Brass
Johnny Fourie   Guitar,Fuzz Guitar
Greg Miller   Guitar

Technical Credits

Charles Earland   Arranger,Producer
Lee Morgan   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Virgil Jones   Arranger
Robert Lamm   Composer

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