If Only for One Night by Charles Earland

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Personnel: Charles Earland (organ); Najee (tenor saxophone); Melvin Sparks (guitar); Buddy Williams (drums); Gary Fritz (percussion). Recorded at Van Gelder Recording Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on October 19, 1999. Includes liner notes by Bill Milkowski. Personnel: Melvin Sparks (guitar); Najee (flute, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Roy Gumpel (piano); Buddy Williams (drums); Gary Fritz (percussion). Audio Mixer: Rudy Van Gelder. Liner Note Author: Bill Milkowski. Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (10/19/1999). Less than two months before his sudden death, Charles Earland recorded this final rewarding effort. One of the most inventive of the organists to come up after Jimmy Smith, Earland contributed five originals to the set and shows that one can play funky and still be creative and unpredictable. The main surprise of the outing is that Najee, a saxophonist best known for his R&B-ish/crossover records, fits in quite well to the hard bop and soul-jazz jams. ...