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Harold Land

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The West Coast saxophonist known for his associations with the masterful quintet led by trumpeter Clifford Brown and drummer Max Roach in the mid-50's and with the internationally acclaimed quintet he co-led with Bobby Hutcherson in the late '60s. He engaged in an individualistic style and an expressive tone, mixing compelling melody readings with alluring improvisations. Land, born in Houston and raised in San Diego, moved to Los Angeles in the early '50s. In 1954, he joined the famed Brown-Roach quintet, with which he toured the United States and recorded several albums for EmArcy (all of which are available as reissue CDs)

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Work in Progress: Big Band Harold Land, Part 2

Featuring the music of Tony Corman
Duration: 3:51

More about the music and the players as we prepare our October 8, 2022 concert at California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, CA where the Morchestra will perform original arrangements of the compositions of jazz master Harold Land.
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Article: Album Review

Cory Weeds Quartet: Just Coolin'

Read "Just Coolin'" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Although Cory Weeds spends much of his time promoting and recording other jazz artists, he does manage to place those tasks on the back burner every once in a while to blow his own horn, so to speak—which he does about as well as anyone else on today's scene. While the Canadian-based saxophonist is especially engaging ...

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Article: Journey into Jazz

Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases

Read "Record Store Day April 2022 Jazz Releases" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


April 23, 2022 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Record Store Day. Over the years, RSD has grown from a small once-a-year experience to multiple events depending on the year. Each RSD drop features limited-edition vinyl releases, which are popular among collectors. More importantly, though, RSD draws attention to independent record stores, many of whom have flourished ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Lost & Found Recordings: Pepper Adams, Sheila Jordan, David S. Ware

Read "Lost & Found Recordings: Pepper Adams, Sheila Jordan, David S. Ware" reviewed by David Brown


This week, lost and found recordings featuring Monk & Coltrane's final tour together, a lost movie soundtrack from Monk, a Sheila Jordan album she doesn't remember making, and other lost and found studio and live recordings from Pepper Adams, Bill Dixon & Cecil Taylor, Harold Land, David S. Ware, Ella Fitzgerald, Tim Berne Snakeoil and more! ...

Album

Westward Bound!

Label: Reel to Real
Released: 2021
Track listing: Vendetta; Beepdurple; Happily Dancing/ Deep Harmonies Falling; My Romance; Triplin' The Groove; Autumn Leaves; Who Can I Turn To?; Beau-TY; Blue N' Boogie.

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Where in the World is Dupree Bolton?

Read "Where in the World is Dupree Bolton?" reviewed by Patrick Burnette


This fortnight's spectacular focuses on two very different sets of music--two albums by modern jazz violinists and the two best-known recordings featuring elusive trumpeter Dupree Bolton (they are just about the ONLY recordings featuring him--stay tuned for the details). Pop matters range from St. Vincent to Sparks to Sade--and that's some ranging. Playlist Discussion ...

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News: Recording

Harold Land: Westward Bound!

Harold Land: Westward Bound!

Over the years, tenor saxophonist Harold Land has been positioned as unheralded, underappreciated and not fully celebrated. He has also been referred to as John Coltrane's true heir and a genius. None of this is true, of course. Land recorded 15 leadership albums between 1958 and 2001 and four times that number as a sideman. Jazz ...

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Article: Album Review

Kyle Asche Organ trio: Five Down Blues

Read "Five Down Blues" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


It has been well documented that the Covid-19 pandemic has played havoc with the careers of the participants in the arts. The members of the Kyle Asche Organ Trio have also felt its sting. But fortunately they have a musical snapshot of the final time they made music together in March 2020, which forms the basis ...

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Article: Album Review

Harold Land: Westward Bound!

Read "Westward Bound!" reviewed by Peter J. Hoetjes


One can't help but wonder how large the stage may have been for tenor saxophonist Harold Land had he not tethered himself to the west coast for the majority of his career. In 1954 Land moved from Santa Monica to Los Angeles and quickly earned himself a place in the immensely popular Clifford Brown/Max ...


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