Young, Larry - Mother Ship CD

SKU 28-UNIJ3145059.2
Larry Young : organ
Lee Morgan : trumpet
Herbert Mogan : tenor saxophone
Eddie Gladden : drums

Although recorded in early 1969, the music here was not released until 1980; this is probably Larry at his most furious other than his Lifetime work!

“Recorded in 1969, 'Mother Ship' would be Larry Young's last 'jazz' record, and his last recording for the Blue Note label. The CD re-issue cover of the album shows him in a traditionally dark jazz club wearing a black tie and coat, in a few months he would be wearing a dashiki and playing psychedelic jazz rock with Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix and John McLaughlin. For those interested in Larry's transition from jazzist to fusion rocker, this LP has a lot of music that shows Young clearly in between the two worlds, and obviously moving further away from jazz. A lot of the styles present on here will show up in a slightly harder form on Young's first solo fusion recording, 'Lawrence of Newark', and also on Tony William's original Lifetime recordings. Three of the songs on here are in the semi-free post-bop style that was made popular by the Miles Davis Quintet and Ornette Coleman. Drummer Eddie Gladden displays a lot of similarities to Tony Williams as he stretches the time and provides creative fills that add to the phrasing of the soloists. On these songs Young starts his solos with mysterious passages that swell out of the background and finally builds into furious assaults that recall avant-garde saxophonists such as John Coltrane and Pharoh Sanders.
Two other songs are in a quasi-rock style that has Young providing a steady pulse on the B3 pedals leaving Gladden to do his usual poly-rhythmic drum fills. Larry's solos on these two songs show the cross-influence that was beginning to happen between himself and early British progressive and psychedelic rock bands such as Trinity and the Nice. Although Mother Ship came out after Brian Auger and Keith Emerson were well established, there is no doubt that Young's early recordings had an effect on both of them. Likewise, their use of electronic effects and synthesizers would have an effect on Young as well. Soon after finishing this recording, Young began to make synthesizers a regular part of his keyboard ensemble.
If you have ever wondered what bands like the 60s version of Ornette Coleman's group or The Miles Davis Quintet would sound like with a quasi-psychedelic Hammond B3 player on board, or what the Nice would have sounded like with a jazz drummer, this is the album for you. Larry Young is brilliant throughout this album providing creative organ sounds that may remind some of Sun Ra, Richard Kermode from Santana's 'Caravanserai' album, the young pre-ELP Keith Emerson and sometimes even those quirky 60's exotica records. All of the compositions and musicians on here are excellent!”
  • LabelBlue Note Japan
  • UPC4988031450598
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