Living Black!

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Living Black!
Living Black!.jpg
Live album by Charles Earland
Released 1971
Recorded September 17, 1970
The Key Club, New Jersey
Genre Jazz
Length 55:11
Label Prestige
PR 10009
Producer Bob Porter
Charles Earland chronology
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(1970)Black Drops1970
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Living Black! is a live album by organist Charles Earland which was recorded in New Jersey 1970 and released on the Prestige label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 3/5 stars[3]

Allmusic awarded the album 5 stars stating "Living Black! is notable for many reasons, not the least of which is that it showcased Earland in a live setting at his most inspired. From choosing his sidemen to material to reading the audience to pure instrumental execution, there isn't a weak moment on this date, nor a sedentary one... Everybody who was there, no doubt -- as well as any listener with blood instead of sawdust in her or his veins -- had their minds blown long before".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Charles Earland except as indicated

  1. "Key Club Cookout" - 9:31
  2. "Westbound No. 9" (Daphne Dumas, Ronald Dunbar, Edith Wayne) - 8:19
  3. "Killer Joe" (Benny Golson) - 14:28
  4. "Milestones" (Miles Davis) - 4:34
  5. "More Today Than Yesterday" (Pat Upton) - 8:20 Bonus track on CD reissue
  6. "Message from a Black Man" (Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield) - 9:59 Bonus track on CD reissue



  1. ^ Prestige Records discography accessed March 11, 2013
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic listing accessed March 11, 2013
  3. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 67. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.