Larry Young

Larry Young
My personal story about

Larry Young

Jazz organist Larry Young (aka Khalid Yasin Abdul Aziz) set new standards and technique for jazz organ. Thought he started as a soul-jazz player, under the influence of John Coltrane he developed into a much more accomplished post-bop musician. His organ playing on “If,” from his 1965 Unity album, evolves throughout the song. It’s as if at the beginning of the song you have a vague idea lurking in your head, but by the end it’s developed into a bright ray of clarity that you can’t wait to express. Larry was a close friend of mine and I spent many nights at venues where he was playing.

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