29 February 2008

HAROLD LAND - XOCIA'S DANCE













Harold Land
for Muse from 1981.
Harold Land (ts); Bobby Hutcherson (vib); George Cables (p); Oscar Brashear (tp); John Heard (b); Billy Higgins (d); Ray Armando (perc)

Maybe best known for his 1959 Contemporary album The Fox, tenor saxophonist Harold Land spent the '50s and '60s rebuking the stereotype of the West Coast sound being all wafer-thin with his robust and intense work as both a solo artist and sideman. And while he slowed down a bit in the '70s, Land came roaring back with this exceptional effort from 1981. Both the playing and the songs are all top notch. To help out, Land enlists the fine talents of drummer Billy Higgins, vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, pianist George Cables, trumpeter Oscar Brashear, and bassist John Heard. Highly recommended. ~ Stephen Cook, All Music Guide
Ripped from original vinyl @320.

20 comments:

Simon666 said...

Wow this beautiful!
Had collected most of his 60s/70s work with Hutcherson, but this is new to me, what a great session.
Thanks as ever for your fantastic blog.

Simon

rusty said...

I had an LP of this but the pressing on one side does not align with the other so one side is playable, the other not. Very welcome indeed, great music - thx a lot.

Boromir said...

Thanks very much for this and all the other great recordings you've put up.

Boromir said...

Thanks very much for this and all the other great recordings you've put up.

katonah said...

for me, harold land does not get the praise he deserves. this is a great album, but choma does it for me. top post as always

bacoso said...

If you have read katonah's comment and are intrigued by his recommendation then my vinyl rip of choma from 12/06 is still in the orgy archives with an active down load link.
http://orgyinrhythm.blogspot.com/2006/12/harold-land-choma-burn.html

fathead said...

Thanks I've wanted to hear this for some time, nice one.

roberto t. said...

What a surprise, Bacoso!!! I wonder where you hide these treasures that you share unexpectedly! Hutcherson, Land, Higgins and the the great Oscar Brashear together once more (after, or maybe before) the sublime Farewell Keystone. Your heroes, our heroes, thank you!!!

Roy said...

Thanks for this wonderful record. I have lots of Hutcherson but not nearly enough of his work with Harold Land. I'd never even heard this one although I do recall seeing it in the stores back in the day. It sounds great.

Jazz-Nekko said...

bacoso:

excellent reminder of this late work by land. i agree with katonah that "choma" is step up from this fine LP but nonetheless it is one NOT often found. . .

except by scurilous devils who travel to the far ends of the earth and find a sealed copy - and then return home with it, thinking "ahh, boy have i found a rare one".

you beat me to the punch, but that it is not surprising o-mighty bacoso -

cheers,

jn

bayviewsax-lostsoul.blogspot.com said...

Oooo! Tasty! The title cut is one of the most beautiful melodies every written. Used to use it as the closing theme for my radio show. Nice stuff.

ish said...

Been wanting to hear this one. Thanks for it!

Sergio said...

Thanks Bacoso for another treasure. Each time you post a Harold Land album I grab it, and each time is a delightful surprise. My fav (until now) are The Peace-Maker and The Fox. Downloading this one right now. Thanks!

orleyfarm said...

Thanks so much Bacoso. Without your efforts I wouldn't be able to compare this one to Choma, which I've enjoyed since you put it (Choma) up a while back.

rap said...

Love Land. Thanks!

the doc said...

I had this on LP...loved it! Thanks!!

db said...

great music!
check out Calisoulbrother Records for rare soul, jazz, brazil, latin & funk records!

aroonie said...

Thank you very much for this one that I did not know existed. You're the top!

arshille said...

Thank You for sharing this incredible music -
Best Wishes from arshille

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