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|Harold Land, Billy Higgins, Bill Henderson|
Genres: Jazz, Pop
On A Lazy Afternoon, the esteemed and seasoned tenor vet Harold Land and drummer Billy Higgins combine forces with the orchestration of Ray Ellis, who arranged Billie Holiday's Lady in Satin, to create a recording of jazz ... more »
On A Lazy Afternoon, the esteemed and seasoned tenor vet Harold Land and drummer Billy Higgins combine forces with the orchestration of Ray Ellis, who arranged Billie Holiday's Lady in Satin, to create a recording of jazz drive, tensile strength, and lush romanticism. For the twelve standards included on the disc, Ellis has crafted deft arrangements that showcase Land's proclivity for emotion-laden performances; the result is a dynamic package that celebrates both melody and rhythm in an atmosphere rich with feeling. For many performers, working with a string section is a long-held dream. The lush backdrop warmly supports an instrumentalist or a singer, setting the stage for emotional, often unforgettable performances. Listen to orchestral albums by such greats as Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Clifford Brown, and Johnny Hodges, and the beauty and feeling that arise from these situations is soon appreciated. A Lazy Afternoon is a stellar contribution to this genre. Here, the consummate tenor saxophone artistry of Harold Land, easily one of jazz's premier improvisers, meets the sumptuous string orchestrations of Ray Ellis, who is best recalled for Lady in Satin, the 1958 session for Columbia Records for which he wrote gorgeous string backdrops for Holiday. A Lazy Afternoon features ear-pleasing renditions of such evergreens as "You Go To My Head," "Invitation," "You Don't Know What Love Is," "Nature Boy," "In A Sentimental Mood," "Wave," and the title track, "Lazy Afternoon." Land and the string and orchestral palette are accompanied by the ace rhythm team of Billy Higgins (drums), William Henderson (piano), and James Leary (bass).
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"Land in Satin"
Christopher Enzi | San Francisco | 10/28/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Terrific arrangements by Ray Ellis allude to but never repeat his charts for (five of the same songs) Billie Holiday's "Lady in Satin" If you love that album, this one will make your day! Harold Land's tenor has a lovely tone and the strings support rather than Wrestle him. This is a lovely album for a lazy afternoon or evening!
P.S. If you think Lady in Satin is Billie's worst or find the strings sepulchral or overdone this will NOT be to your taste."
5-Stars Wouldn't Be Enough For This Remarkable Recording
J. Rich | 03/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
""A Lazy Afternoon" released in 1995 on Postcards represents a new step in the horn with strings approach in which so many jazz musicians have done in the past. What makes this recording so compelling are the arrangements. Many times you have the horn player simply improvising on top of the strings, while this is beautiful, it doesn't quite hold up very well to repeated listenings. This isn't the case with this release. The strings are interacting with Land's improvisations, which gives the music a livelier feel.
Harold Land, who happens to be one of my favorite saxophonists, is in fine form. His warm tone and his less is more approach to improvisation on this recording make it an absolute dream to listen to. I would wager this is one of the finest "with strings" albums I've ever heard.
Land is supported by a stellar group of musicians: Bill Henderson on piano, James Leary on bass, Billy Higgins on drums, and Alan Pasqua on synthesizer. All of the arrangements and conducting are done by Ray Ellis.
The music itself can only be summed up with two words: lush and gorgeous. If you're a classical fan looking to get into something with more improvisation, then this is the record for you or if you're already a jazz fan and love these with strings sessions, then you're going to love this.
On a side note, Downbeat magazine gave this recording 3-stars, which only proves that time after time again that Downbeat doesn't have a clue as to what is good and what isn't. This is easly a 5-star album, no doubt about it.
Pick this one up today!