Charles Kynard: Afro-Disiac (Concord)

Charles Kynard

Born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1933, Charles Kynard was a jazz player who mixed in acid jazz and soul to his organ playing. His success was limited as he fronted a jazz ensemble in Kansas City, before heading west to Los Angeles where he formed a new band.

Originally released under the Prestige label in 1970, ‘Afro-Disiac’ is a six-song platter featuring Kynard (keys), Bernard Purdie (drums), Jimmy Lewis (bass), Grant Green (guitar), and Houston Person (tenor saxophone). As part of their Jazz Dispensary Top Shelf Series. Concord Music Group is reissuing ‘Afro-Disiac’ on high quality vinyl.

Keeping with Prestige’s reputation, ‘Afro-Disiac’ is filled with smooth soul, funky horn solos and a whole bunch of groove to get down to. Highlights include nine minutes of fun with the bass lead in on “Trippin’” backed with Kynard’s sharp organ playing. “Sweetheart” has all the groove and swagger of a Booker T. or Sly Stone jam and “Odds On” is carefree with its summer swing.

The biggest highlight of Charles Kynard’s ‘Afro-Disiac’ is his unselfish playing style. Sure, his name is on the album, but you’d never guess that by listening to these six tracks. The album has a real band feel to it and each member gets their time to shine on each track. It’s a real class act and groovy reissue.

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