Earl Klugh: Living Inside Your Love


Living Inside Your Love


Earl Klugh (acoustic guitar)


Living Inside Your Love (Blue Note 77544)

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Earl Klugh (acoustic guitar), Dave Grusin (keyboards),

Patti Austin, Lani Grove (vocals), Eddie Daniels (flute, soprano & tenor saxes), Jeff Mironov (guitar), Ron Carter (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Ralph MacDonald (percussion)


Composed by Dave Grusin & Earl Klugh


Recorded: New York and Los Angeles, late 1976


Rating: 68/100 (learn more)

This is one of the world's most mainstream jazz tracks. Earl Klugh's "Living Inside Your Love" lurches on unidentifiably, featuring light music, repetitive female vocals obviously indebted to soul music, and Klugh playing a glut of heavily arpeggiated, lazily rendered solos more adequately and imaginatively presented by George Benson on his landmark Breezin' album. With Benson's spirit looming large over this session, Klugh sounds like that legend's ghost resurrected in many places, as the track relies on Creed Taylor-type string orchestrations and Jorge Dalto-style synthesizers to add color and weight to what is essentially a very dull musical template. All the pieces are in place to re-create Breezin', but the real George Benson is sorely missed here because of the composition's flaccidity and the recording's lack of personality and heart. The artist's desire is to compete with pop ballads like "Can't Hide Love" by R&B giants Earth, Wind & Fire, but while the vocal melody is actually memorable after a few listens, the tune reflects the vision of record-label executives instead of great jazz musicians. No purists bought this recording, that's for sure.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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