The name "Charles Kynard" may not be instantly familiar (except, of course, to those cognoscenti of Sixties-Seventies organ grooves at their best), but the two long-deleted albums joined herein can stand with anything in the soul-jazz field. The Soul Brotherhood and Reelin' with the Feelin,' recorded five months apart in 1969, place gifted organist Kynard (1933-1979) in some of the fastest company of his too-short career. The collective personnel, including trumpeter Blue Mitchell, tenor saxists David "Fathead" Newman and Wilton Felder, and guitarists Grant Green (like Kynard, a St. Louis native) and Joe Pass, is in top form for two programs of fully realized, mostly blues 'n' groove-oriented compositions, rather than just "head" arrangements. An interesting sidelight: longtime L.A. studio ace Carol Kaye (heard herein on electric bass), contributed a tune that may well be the first by an American writer to use the word "reggae" in its title.
with Wilton Felder, Grant Green, Paul Humphrey, Carol Kaye, Jimmy Lewis, Blue Mitchell, David "Fathead" Newman, Joe Pass, Mickey Roker