Larry Young took his instrument miles ahead of where Jimmy Smith had reigned supreme. Young not only had his own style on the organ, but he made the organ's existence possible in the worlds of post bop, modal music and avant-garde jazz, taking it away from the bluesy clichés and reinventing it as a powerhouse of creativity. Young's highly individual tonality always drew listeners into his music.
Into Somethin,' his debut on Blue Note, has him matching wits and creative ideas with the likes of Sam Rivers, Grant Green and Elvin Jones in an astounding band that only played together on this one occasion. Rivers is an avant-gardist with strong roots in the jazz tradition, Green was the most versatile and distinctive of guitarists (his tone is superb), and Elvin Jones is simply Elvin Jones.
While his sidemen were better known than Young at the time, the organist keeps the ideas and grooves Coming at an intense non-stop pace. The musicians blend together perfectly (Rudy Van Gelder's genius is obvious throughout), the playing is at the highest caliber and, even decades later, Into Somethin' is incredible.
Like all Music Matters Jazz releases, this audiophile vinyl reissue is mastered from the original analog tape and pressed on 180g virgin vinyl at RTI in Camarillo, CA. The highest quality gatefold cover features original session photography on the inside.See more Larry Young records here