Thursday, August 17, 2017

Larry Young – Turn Off The Lights (Arista)

Most Wanted! Larry Young – Turn Off The Lights (Arista)

An here we go most likely with one of the most insane grooves ever. Taking the centerstage, organist/keyboardist, Larry Young. A man who collaborated with luminaries such as Grant Green, Miles Davis and John McLaughlin. Something you can definitely tell, judging by his unique technique.

We catch him back in 1975 on ‘Fuel’, the first of the two albums he recorded for Arista. And more precisely the insane ‘Turn Off The Lights’ where he jams along with bassist Fernando Saunders (Bohannon). Meanwhile singer Linda ‘Tequila’ Logan is responsible for a one of a kind sexy delivery.

Ironically, this absolute jewel didn’t get a single release. This pretty much contributing to the continuous buzz around the album during the following years. We therefore would have to wait for 40 years to see UK indie label A0E droppin’ it as a 7inch on its integral 6 min + version!

Slum Village, The Herbaliser and Groove Armada among others sampled it. Meanwhile Martine Girault and Frank De Jojo successively covered it.

Overview
Born on Oct. 07, 1940 in Newark, NJ, Larry Young (also known as Khalid Yasin Abdul Aziz) is certainly one of the most talented musicians of his generation.

Larry first studied classical music before diving into Jazz, quoting organist Jimmy Smith among his main influences. He started working with R&B bands in the late 50’s. He then would make his classes in Jazz with artists such as Lou Donaldson and Tommy Turrentine.
‘Unity’, the second album he recorded for Prestige, most likely remains his most well known of the likes. An album that saw him surrounded by Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones and an then young Woody Shaw on trumpet.
Working with John McLaughlin in the late 60’s, he came to meet Jimi Hendrix with whom he played on a few sessions. He also happened to play with John Coltrane although this was never recorded.

The late 60’s marked a turn for him as for many of his alter egos, coincinding with the early days of Jazz fusion. He recorded with drummer Tony Williams under the The Tony Williams Lifetime guise. And he also made a remarkable appearence on Miles Davis‘ ‘Bitches Brew’ album.

‘Fuel’, the first of the two albums he recorded for Arista, became a highly collectable ‘rare grooves’ in the UK. Martin Girault then Frank De Jojo covering the insane ‘Turn Off The Lights.

Suffering stomach pains, Larry Young went to hospital in March 1978. He sadly died there on Mar. 30 while being treated for what had been said to be a pneumononia.

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