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Harold Land Quintet
The Peace Maker (2023 Verve By Request Reissue)

Verve Records / Ume

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Texas-born tenor saxophonist Harold Land was an adept stylist whose sound brought together the big swinging tone and edgy harmonics of the hard bop era with the warm lyricism and dusky romance of the West Coast, where he spent much of his life. A member of the celebrated Clifford Brown and Max Roach Quintet, Land also enjoyed a vibrant solo career, releasing albums like 1959's The Fox, 1963's Jazz Impressions of Folk Music, and 1968's The Peace-Maker, the latter of which introduced his long-running quintet with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson. He also worked with luminaries like Wes Montgomery, Thelonious Monk, Hampton Hawes, and Red Mitchell, and was a member of the Gerald Wilson Orchestra. Influenced by John Coltrane, his playing grew more exploratory throughout the '60s and '70s, yet he never lost his swinging, melodic style as evidenced by such late-career albums as 1995's A Lazy Afternoon and 2001's A Promised Land.

The first pairing of tenor saxophonist Harold Land and vibist Bobby Hutcherson crackles with the energy and joy of collaboration. Each spurs the other to new zeniths of creativity and craft, yielding one of the finest if little-known jazz LPs of its era. The Peace-Maker is a particularly apt title. The record's serene, supple contours glow with a lyricism that eschews the angularity of bop. Land's graceful sax melds perfectly with Hutcherson's warm, shimmering vibes to create a deeply soulful, even divine sound. His original compositions are no less thoughtful, galvanized by a yearning for harmony that embraces all senses of the term. — (via AllMusic)

Label: Verve Records, UMe, Cadet
Series: Verve By Request
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180g
Country: US
Reissued: 2023 / Original Release: 1968
Genre: Jazz
Style: Post Bop

File under: Jazz – Saxophone