June 11, 2015

Larry Young - Into Somethin' (1965)


Whoever thought of putting Sam Rivers and Grant Green together under the coolness of Larry Young is a genius. This shit is sick, and definitely in my theoretical top 10 favorite jazz albums of all time. Into Somethin' has a little bit of everything. It's a little soul jazz thanks to Grant Green, a little modal jazz from Larry, and some classic mid-60s Blue Note post-bop from Elvin Jones and the man Sam Rivers. Soul jazz is already the slickest form of jazz out there, but when it's given more sharpening from the modal framework it's even more ice cold. Hammond B3's are hard to record, especially for 1965 but this sounds great and Young knows how to grove on that slippery sound of his. Green gives some flair especially on his own piece Plaza de Torros and Sam Rivers as usual comes off as a more agile version of Joe Henderson. And of course Elvin Jones, not necessarily taking up as much of a presence on here as much as his work with Coltrane at the time, but still making the album roll along at a lovely pace especially when he's playing with a brush. Into Somethin' isn't as avant-garde as Young's later works for Blue Note, but it doesn't take a music-theory major to know he's way past the usual soul-bop of Jimmy Smith. Listen carefully and you'll see the fusion ideas already brewing on here that would develop into his fancy signature on Bitches Brew. Also amazing cover cot damn!!

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Into Somethin' (RVG High-Quality CD Rip)