Black Drops album cover
Black Drops

Charles Earland


From 1970, Black Drops sees Prestige organ don Charles Earland engaging with funk rhythms, covering Sly Stone’s Sing A Simple Song with serious aplomb and setting up a funk rhythm section under soul-jazz jams Don’t Say Goodbye and Letha, giving the drummer a superbly funky break on the latter. Elsewhere it’s smooth and slick melodic R’n’B influenced jazz and a fantastically swinging take on Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, the lightness of which is then precisely balanced out by the intense soul-jazz ruminations of final track Buck Green.

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