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Harold Land


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)


You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: How Deep Is The Ocean; Too Close For Comfort; Mean To Me; Stranger in Paradise; Counceltation; Big Foot


Article: Interview

David Ambrosio's Civil Disobedience: 50 Years in the Making

Read "David Ambrosio's Civil Disobedience: 50 Years in the Making" reviewed by Paul Rauch

Modern jazz has never been more prolific. Nonsense you say? With most recording and touring jazz musicians coming out of institutions of higher learning these days, jazz listeners can encounter top line players in virtually any major city in the United States. What's happening in New York is happening in Seattle, Denver, Detroit or Cleveland in ...


Article: Album Review

Curtis Counce: You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!

Read "You Get More Bounce With Curtis Counce!" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

When bassist Curtis Counce died of a heart attack at the age of 37 in 1963, the jazz world was deprived of a major talent. Not that one would have known much, for his death, while noted, was not extensively covered. Counce, a Midwesterner, had come to California and to jny:Los Angeles to learn his craft, ...


Article: Album Review

Karl-Henrik Ousbäck: Confluence

Read "Confluence" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Drummers do not always get the respect they deserve and yet, in a jazz context, their contributions are an integral part in the overall success of the music. Aside from genre leaders such as Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, and Art Blakey, relatively few drummer-led sessions have entered into the upper echelon of recorded jazz ...


Article: Play This!

Donald Byrd: The Emperor

Read "Donald Byrd: The Emperor" reviewed by Chris May

"The Emperor" is the killer track on Donald Byrd's 1972 masterpiece Ethiopian Knights (Blue Note), an album which took Miles Davis' contemporaneous electric experiments, stripped them of their wannabe rockstar aspirations and reframed them with a deep funk sensibility. Byrd, tenor saxophonist Harold Land, trombonist Thurman Green, vibes player Bobby Hutcherson and others bounce off plugged-in ...


Thank You, Duke!

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; In a Sentimental Mood; Day Dream; Sophisticated Lady; Isfahan; In a Sentimental Mood; Chromatic Love Affair; Mood Indigo; Come Sunday; The Feeling of Jazz.


Magic Moments

Label: Arkadia Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Naima, Sad To Say, Heaven’s Gift, Dance of the Nile, Você, Nature Boy, Isfahan, A Night In Tunisia, Popsicle Illusion, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore


Article: Interview

Joe Lovano: Cleveland's Ultimate Jazz Titan

Read "Joe Lovano: Cleveland's Ultimate Jazz Titan" reviewed by Matthew Alec

Friday, June 24th, 2022, saxophonist Joe Lovano's group Sound Prints (alongside trumpeter and co-leader Dave Douglas) delivered a tour de force performance to spellbound audience members at the historic Mimi Ohio Theatre in Playhouse Square as a part of Cleveland's annual Tri-C JazzFest. Seasoned group interplay between drummer Rudy Royston, bassist Matt Penman, and pianist Leo ...



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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