Larry Young: Street Scene
Larry Young (Khalid Yasin) (organ)
Mother Ship (Blue Note 90415)
Herbert Morgan (tenor sax), Eddie Gladden (drums).
Composed by Larry Young.
Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, February 7, 1969
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
Larry Young's celebrated 1965 Blue Note album Unity found him reaching beyond the organ trio format and coming into his own. While the "Coltrane of the Organ" moniker didn't seem to go to his head, this piece features plenty of the exploratory depth that had found its way into jazz by 1969. So while the tune is simple enough, Young wastes no time adding layers of embellishments before opening it up to his front line. Lee Morgan proves completely adaptable to this non-hard bop session, as does Herbert Morgan (no relation), a rarely heard Newark, New Jersey-based player. Both acquit themselves admirably, and if that sounds like a less than ringing endorsement, it's only because Young is the main action here. While he comps in a respectful manner, there's always something going on underneath that nearly distracts from anything else being played. Mind you, I'm not complaining. He sounds great, and the drums take the role of willing coconspirator, creating some explosive moments.
Reviewer: Frank Murphy