Doug Carn Adam's Apple LP

Doug Carn

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Cinematic 1974 Release Newly Remastered On Vinyl LP!

Doug Carn made four records for the Black Jazz label, more than any other artist, and each one topped the previous release's lofty standard. Adam's Apple was his last (1974) album for the label, representing the final note in his staggeringly creative crescendo. It was also the first record without Jean Carn, but Carn and crew (John Conner and Joyce Greene) don't miss a beat on the vocals. And the band is absolutely sick, featuring reedman Ronnie Laws and fellow Black Jazz recording artist Calvin Keys on guitar, and led by Carn's increasingly electronic forays on various keyboards. The result is a record that brings to mind Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, electric Miles, maybe even Earth, Wind, and Fire (Carn covers EW&F's "Mighty Mighty"), but all overlaid with an uplifting gospel vibe. To quote Pat Thomas's liner notes (which feature extensive quotes from Doug Carn himself), "Adam's Apple is more energetic, funky, and futuristic than Carn's earlier Black Jazz work. In short, sublime." Newly remastered and available on vinyl.

The keyboardist sets the foundational grandeur of this album from the jump with the stomping 'Chant' and only builds out from there with his audaciously swinging version of Earth Wind & Fire's 'Mighty Mighty' and his spoken entreaties laid atop Wayne Shorter's galactic composition 'Sanctuary.'
-Robert Ham, Paste Magazine


  • Vinyl LP
  • Newly Remastered
  • Liner Notes by Pat Thomas featuring an interview with the artist


Doug Carn vocals, piano, electric piano, organ, Moog synth
Joyce Greene vocals
John Conner vocals
Ronnie Laws tenor & soprano sax
Thurman Green trombone
Nathan Page guitar
Calvin Keys guitar
Big Black congas, bongos, percussion
Harold Mason drums
Darrell Clayborn Fender bass
Gerald Brown acoustic bass

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