Soul-jazz took such strong root in America’s soil, and well beyond, in great part because of the ability of its leading exponents to make current or contemporary soul, rock, and pop hits their own. Organist Charles "The Mighty Burner" Earland had a particular affinity for the radio and jukebox hits of his day and translated it into room-rocking soul-jazz. "More Today Than Yesterday," for example, was in 1969 a bouncy Top 40 hit by the Spiral Starecase, their lone chart success. Earland (1941-1999) stretches its shuffle rhythm into a finger-popping, leagues-deep groove and plays it so nice that in this set you’ll hear it twice--once live, once in the studio. Joined by such giants as Lee Morgan, Joe Henderson, Jimmy Heath, Hubert Laws, and Billy Cobham, Earland makes these Greatest Hits (including a previously unreleased cover of Aretha Franklin’s "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream") some of soul-jazz’s mightiest burners.
with Rusty Bryant, Billy Cobham, Jimmy Heath, Eddie Henderson, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Boogaloo Joe Jones, Virgil Jones, Hubert Laws, Lee Morgan, Idris Muhammad, Maynard Parker, Houston Person, Bernard Purdie, Melvin Sparks, Grover Washington, Jr., and others