“The Soul Brotherhood” 🎹🔥🎶
Charles Kynard's name is an obscure one to those not interested enough to be enamored with '60s and '70s organ-driven soul-jazz -- which at the dawn of the 21st century, was being played by generations whose parents were children at best when this music was in its heyday. .
But he was an essential player and the proof is in the caliber of players he could draw to play on any given session date. It is, perhaps, the four records he cut as a leader for Prestige between 1968 - 1970 that he is best known for. .
Kynard was also an educator who taught mentally challenged children of both the Kansas City, Missouri public school district and the Los Angeles County public school system. In his private studio, he would teach piano and organ to budding musicians of all ages. In addition to his love of several jazz genres that included soul, jazz, and acid jazz, Kynard equally loved and played Gospel music much in the tradition of Fats Waller.
From the title track of “The Soul Brotherhood”, Kynard has the proceedings firmly in hand, his sweeping right hand carries both the middle and the high registers of the instrument in a flighty idiomatic spiral of harmonic invention that never leaves its root in the blues.