Monday, November 7, 2011

Harold Land - Harold in the Land of Jazz (1992)

Harold Land - Harold in the Land of Jazz (1992)
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Genre ~ Bop, Hard-Bop | Label ~ Contemporary/OJC

Other than four titles from 1949, this CD reissue has tenor saxophonist Harold Land's first sessions as a leader. Teamed up on the West Coast with trumpeter Rolf Ericson, pianist Carl Perkins, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Frank Butler, Land shows that hard bop was very much alive in Los Angeles in the late '50s. His tone is cooler and softer than it would become later on, but it was already pretty distinctive. Land performs three of his swinging originals, the original version of Perkins' "Grooveyard" (which became a minor standard), an obscurity by Elmo Hope, and the standards "Speak Low" and "You Don't Know What Love Is." The reissue also adds "Promised Land" to the original program. Fine straight-ahead music. ~Allmusic

01. Speak Low (5:41)
02. Delirium (6:47)
03. You Don't Know What Love Is (4:00)
04. Nieta (4:40)
05. Grooveyard (7:09)
06. Lydia's Lament (5:52)
07. Smack Up (7:14)
08. Promised Land (6:28)

Harold Land - tenor saxophone
Rolf Ericson - trumpet
Carl Perkins - piano
Leroy Vinnegar - bass
Frank Butler - drums

Produced by Lester Koenig
Arrangements by Elmo Hope and Harold Land
Recorded at Contemporary's Studio, Los Angeles; January 13 & 14, 1958.
Recording Engineers: Roy DuNann and Howard Holzer
Digital remastering, 1988 - Joe Tarantino (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)

Thanks to the original releaser.