Larry Young, Into Somethin’

Phil Freeman

By Phil Freeman

on 07.20.11 in Reviews

Into Somethin'

Larry Young

On his own albums, organist Larry Young took the instrument far from its hard-grooving soul jazz base, frequently launching into abstract zones of near-Sun Ra-esque exploration. On this, his Blue Note debut as a leader, he’s joined by Sam Rivers, as well as guitarist Grant Green and drummer Elvin Jones, with whom he made two other records, including Green’s Talkin’ About!, reviewed above. It’s not nearly as out as later Young discs like Of Love and Peace or Mother Ship, but it’s already showing avant-garde potential, especially when compared to the work of funkmasters like Jimmy Smith and Big John Patton.