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Harold Land


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Harold de Vance Land (December 18, 1928 – July 27, 2001) was an American hard bop and post-bop tenor saxophonist. Land developed his hard bop playing with the Max Roach/Clifford Brown band into a personal, modern style. His tone was strong and emotional, yet displayed a certain fragility that made him easy to recognize.

Land was born in Houston and grew up in San Diego. He started playing at the age of 16. He made his first recording as the leader of the Harold Land All-Stars, for Savoy Records in 1949. In 1954 he joined the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet. Because of family problems he moved to Los Angeles in 1955. There he played with Curtis Counce, led his own groups, and co-led groups with Bobby Hutcherson, Blue Mitchell, and Red Mitchell. From the 1970s onwards his style showed the influence of John Coltrane.
In the early 1980s through to the early 1990s he worked regularly with the Timeless All Stars, a group sponsored by the Timeless jazz record label. The group consisted of Land on tenor, Cedar Walton on piano, Buster Williams on bass, Billy Higgins on drums, Curtis Fuller on trombone and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes. Land also toured with his own band during this time, often including his son on piano and usually featuring Bobby Hutcherson and Billy Higgins as well. During these years he played regularly at Hop Singhs in Marina Del Rey in the L.A area and the Keystone Korner in San Francisco.


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  • urizen81

    Really enjoy his playing on the Bobby Hutcherson albums. Killer tone

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • Masnich2

    Harold Land was and still is a musician's musician. Very much under-rated.

    10 Jan 2009 Reply
  • SirAlecHendrix

    Harold Land—now connected to the brandnew group ➤ Round Midnight

    25 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Skimskitta

    It's a shame more people aren't aware of Land's music, especially 'The Fox' since the pairing with David Axelrod as producer worked so well

    17 May 2008 Reply
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