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One of the major contributors in the history of jazz saxophone, Harold Land evolved from his hard bop style in the mid-fifties with the Clifford Brown/Max Roach band into one of the most original soloists in the jazz world... more »
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One of the major contributors in the history of jazz saxophone, Harold Land evolved from his hard bop style in the mid-fifties with the Clifford Brown/Max Roach band into one of the most original soloists in the jazz world. He recorded several albums as a leader, and played and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz from Thelonious Monk to Billie Holiday. The classic album "The Fox," presented here, was recorded in 1959 with Elmo Hope (piano), DuPree Bolton (trumpet), Herbie Lewis (bass), and Frank Butler (drums). All selections newly remastered.
Master of the Craft
Samuel Chell | Kenosha,, WI United States | 07/31/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When Harold Land left the Max Roach-Clifford Brown Quintet to attend to family matters back in California, he may have forfeited any chance at "stardom," but his recorded legacy is no less sterling. A slight man, whose horn almost seemed to dwarf him, Harold was easy to overlook on the bandstand (I recall how out of place he seemed at a "tough tenors" session matching him with Dexter, Jug, and Jaws). But listening to him carefully and repeatedly on virtually any of his recordings is to experience one of the most ceaselessly inventive, warmly intelligent voices this music has ever produced. No one plays with a cannier sense of logic--it's as if he sees the whole playing field before each of his solos. The destination is clear to him from the outset, and the marvel for the listener is in experiencing his opportunistic note choices and efficient phrases--forward-leaning lines that always reach their target without being predictable."The Fox" is not my favorite Land session. One wishes he had included a couple of standards, or that the competent but unexceptional Elmo Hope had been replaced by Carl Perkins or Victor Feldman. But the recording more than lives up to its reputation as a classic. If it's your first exposure to Land, it may be a good idea to begin in the middle of the program. Listen to his elegant, dynamically sensitive phrasing on the head of "Little Chris," then notice how he maintains that glowing, vibrant quality throughout his solo. Compared to a Sonny Rollins (who replaced him in the Max-Clifford group), Harold's is a quiet, unassuming voice, but it's also as purposeful, resourceful, and purely musical as any on record. It requires a certain amount of brilliance to impress an audience; it takes another form of genius to attend to the music exclusive of its effects. Harold Land never wasted a note--which is why his recordings remain priceless."
Harold Land - underrated saxophone master.
earl rlabaci | 08/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Fox" has to be Lands best record. His style of playing sax is hard to categorize because he has hints of past tenor men like Hawk, Byas, Prez, yet he also sounds very modern with hints of Trane, Rollins, and surprisingly quite a bit of George Coleman. Sharing the studio with Harold are Dupree Bolton on trumpet who has barely been recorded, but it is easy to tell he has been influenced by many of the best trumpeters such as Diz, Clifford Brown, Fats Navarro, etc. Elmo Hope not only a pianist with great chops but great composing skill too. Herbie Lewis a very Ron Carterish type sounding Bassist makes his recording debut here (along with bolton) at 18. Frank Butler is a strong Bop Drummer rooted in the Max Roach/Kenny Clarke tradition.
The title track by Land, resembling the blues, is taken at a speedy tempo, Land, Bolton, and Hope are up for it though. The The second track is an especially interesting ballad titled "Mirror Mind Rose" composed by Elmo Hope. Land comments in the liner notes by saying that in Hopes playing he hears freedom but he hears form in His Composing.
I Strongly reccomend this album to anyone intersted in jazz and particularly bop or hard-bop. It is post-bop oriented and is not to be mistaken for the Cool west coast style."
A real gem
Andreas C G | Huntington Beach, CA United States | 01/29/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is really great. Harold Land is one the most under-appreciated jazz artists ever, possibly due, in part, to his decision to base himself in LA rather than New York. Land is the owner of an immediately identifiable sound on the tenor. All the other players are great, but I was particularly impressed with the trumpet player, whom I didn't know previously. Every cut on this album is strong. If you don't know Harold Land's work, this is a great introduction."