“Unity” is the best-known album as leader by Larry Young, an American jazz organist/pianist known for his participation in The Tony Williams Lifetime’s “Emergency!” (1969) and Miles Davis’s “Bitches Brew” (1969).
Recorded in 1965. Released in 1966 by Blue Note Records.
Performed by a two-horn and bassless quartet of Woody Shaw (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone), Elvin Jones (drums), and Larry Young (organ). The bass part is played by the organ bass pedal.
A modal jazz masterpiece that pioneered the modern performing style of Hammond organ (B-3) under the influence of John Coltrane, which differed from Jimmy Smith’s earthy soul jazz.
“Zoltan” begins with the march from Zoltan Kodaly’s “Hary Janos Suite”.
“Monk’s Dream” is a tune composed by Thelonious Monk.
“Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise” is a standard song composed by Sigmund Romberg.