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Harold Land: Westward Bound!

Until 1954 Harold Land was a relatively unknown tenor saxophonist. He experienced a surge in his standing with the release of Clifford Brown & Max Roach (Emarcy 1954) when he was part of this high-profile, but short lived, bebop quintet (1954-56). A decade later, this hard-bop player was recognized for his engaging ideas and robust tone and is the center of Westward Bound! a Reel To Real Limited Edition 180 gram 2LP gatefold release produced by Cory Weeds and Zev Feldman.
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Harold Land 1962 broadcast

Jazz Northwest features jazz artists from around the Pacific Northwest, this week including Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and Spokane. We'll also feature another track from the historic live broadcasts "Jazz From The Penthouse" from a new album featuring Harold Land on three different occasions at the Seattle club in the 60s.
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Harold Land – Westward Bound! – Reel to Real

Harold Land – Westward Bound! – Reel to Real RTR- LP- 006 – Two 180 gm LPs (limited edition of 1500 pressings) – 1962-1965 – ****. (Harold Land – tenor sax; Carmell Jones – trumpet; Buddy Montgomery, Hampton Hawes, or John Houston – piano; Monk Montgomery – bass on all tracks; Jimmy Lovelace, Mel Lee, or Philly Joe Jones – drums)
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Harold Land: Westward Bound! (Reel to Real)

Harold Land might be best known as the tenor saxophonist who preceded Sonny Rollins in the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet of the mid-’50s, although his career continued for several more decades. It’s no faint praise when Rollins, interviewed in the notes to this set, says he never heard Land make a mistake. These live performances, from three separate dates at Seattle’s Penthouse club, speak legions about Land’s mastery of hard bop.
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