Originally recorded in 1960 for Blue Note but not released until 1980, Take Aim, like Harold Land himself, has undeservedly fallen through the cracks. Most famous for his association with the Clifford Brown/Max Roach quintet of the '50s, Land is another unheralded West Coast giant who made a name for himself out here in California, but was under the radar of the jazz elitists. Take Aim, featuring an obscure group of musicians, is a pleasant surprise, and should be a welcome refresher for anyone looking for music similar to the tenorist's earlier and more famous exploits.
Take Aim has all of the features of classic hard bop: tight ensemble work, creative and hard-driving solos, and crisp rhythm work. It makes you wonder where Leon Pettis has been all these years. At times, the drummer sounds like thunder from on high as he pushes this band. Martin Banks is articulate and has that Brownie quality in his trumpet solos. Of course, Land, with an immediately identifiable rough yet light sound, is the epitome of hard bop. His music sounds as fresh today as the moment it was recorded over forty years ago. Included on this CD reissue is a twenty-minute bonus track of the band groovin' to "Straight No Chaser." The jam holds your interest the entire time, but that's what real talent can do.
Track Listing: As You Like It; Take Aim; Land of Peace; Reflections; Blue Nellie; You're My Thrill; Straight No
Personnel: Harold Land: tenor saxophone; Martin Banks: trumpet; Amos Trice: piano; Clarence Jones:
bass; Leon Pettis: drums.
I love jazz because I find it to be the best way for a musician to express himself freely. I'm a photographer and I've been playing drums for 30 years, I've been a professional musician for eight years and I like Jazz and Fusion music
I love jazz because I find it to be the best way for a musician to express himself freely. I'm a photographer and I've been playing drums for 30 years, I've been a professional musician for eight years and I like Jazz and Fusion music. In my life I was lucky enough to meet great musicians like Vinnie Colaiuta, Peter Erskine, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Horacio el Negro Hernandez, Jojo Mayer, Will Kennedy, Manu Katché, Christian Meyer, Trilok Gurtu, Daniele Sepe, Stefano Bollani, Enzo Avitabile, John Patitucci, Anthony Jackson and many others.