13 December 2006
HAROLD LAND - DAMISI
Harold Land : tenor saxophone, oboe
Ndugu (Leon Chancler) : drums
Buster Williams : Fender bass, acoustic bass
Bill Henderson : electric piano, acoustic piano
Oscar Brashear : trumpet, flugelhorn
1. Step Right Up To The Bottom (4:40) [Harold Land]
2. In The Back, In The Corner, In The Dark (5:48) [Harold Land]
3. Pakistan (7:58) [Harold Land]
4. Chocolate Mess (7:31) [Harold Land]
5. Damisi (9:08) [Harold Land]
As the last Harold Land LP was so popular I thought I'd post another one from 1972.
"Step Right Up From The Bottom"is a straight ahead acoustic cooker by Land with some intriguing changes allowing the soloists to stretch out.
"In The Back etc"has a funky feeling- electric keyboards and bass,Brashaer on flugelhorn and the two horns interweaving in a complex,collectivly improvisational finish.
Land plays Oboe on "Pakistan"and its exotic tone is well suited to its dark mood.Brashaers muted trumpet and Hendersons Tyneresque piano contribute to the adventurous piece.Back on tenor Land plays Ndugu's"Chocolate Mess" on which brief ensemble statements alternate with a sustained minor vamp.
"Damisi"is an attractive melodic creation,featuring Land at his most intense on two burning solos seperated by trumpet and piano passages.
This made a brief appearance on cd re-issued by Mainstream in London in 1991 with some dismal packaging but notes by Leonard Feather which I adapted for this post.