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Mother Ship
Larry Young
Mother Ship
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
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All Artists: Larry Young
Title: Mother Ship
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 1/1/1969
Re-Release Date: 10/7/2003
Album Type: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
Genres: Jazz, Pop, R&B
Styles: Avant Garde & Free Jazz, Modern Postbebop, Soul-Jazz & Boogaloo, Bebop, Funk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 724359041520, 724359201023

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Larry Young and Great, Late Lee Morgan
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 10/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Mother Ship," organist Larry Young's final recording for Blue Note, is also one of trumpeter Lee Morgan's last great appearances, along with his own "Live at the Lighthouse" and "The Last Session" (see my reviews). Recorded on February 7, 1969, Larry and Lee's quartet is rounded out by tenor-saxophonist Herbert Morgan (no relation to Lee) and drummer Eddie Gladden. After the multi-layered horn textures and exploration found on his three earlier albums ("Of Love and Peace," "Contrasts" and "Heaven on Earth" -- all out-of-print), in many ways "Mother Ship" revisits the classic "Unity." Of course once one goes "out there," you never come back quite the same, and "Mother Ship" has a style and feel all its own. Since this title is a limited edition in the Connoisseur Series, get on the "Mother Ship" while you can."
Mother ship
kingofswing881 | Amsterdam, NY United States | 01/04/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"this newly issued remastering of larry young's final blue note date, "mother ship," is also one of his most experimental. the 5 tracks all ooze originality. there's a lot of really great playing, especially by saxophonist herbert morgan. i hadn't heard about him until i picked this up, and he's a phenomenal player!!!! larry's playing is superb too; his solos were unpredictable and exciting. however, i was a little surprised by lee morgan. this was after his swimming accident, and he really doesn't sound very good on these songs. even his so-called "best solo" sounds really weak and forced (technically, at least). i'm probably being a little harsh, though (i am a trumpet player). overall, lee's surprisingly disappointing performance is only a small smudge on this overall stellar recording."
Unique CD ny Larry Young
Darren Heinrich | Chippendale, NSW Australia | 03/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Larry Young is more renowned for his earlier Blue Note album "Unity" and especially his duet with Elvin Jones on "Monk's Dream". However the album is also excellent, and is further down the free jazz road. For many (including myself) the words "free jazz" can send us running in the opposite direction but this CD is really worth checking out. Young's simple melodies range from the hauntingly beautiful to the down right catchy. "Street Scene" is probably my favourite. The uptempo latin tune "Love Drops" is a surprise, starting fairly straight ahead before introducing meter changes. Pity that the horns struggle with the melody at times. The album has a great groove with nice interplay between Young and drummer Eddie Gladden. I found this CD interesting the first time I heard it and it continues to entertain as I discover its many layers."