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The Fox

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The Fox
Mirror-Mind Rose
One Second, Please
Sims A-Plenty
Little Chris
One Down
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Total Tracks: 6   Total Length: 36:51

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1960 Classic Hard Bop


The Fox is a classic Hard Bop album with Harold Land, tenor sax; Dupree Bolton, trumpet; Elmo Hope, piano;
Herbie Lewis, bass; Frank Butler, drums. West Coast Blues

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Still sets a standard


Tenor players everywhere shake their heads in disbelief when they hear this, unless they'd been listening to all of the Roach-Clifford Brown dates. Beginning in the '70s Land starts to lose some of his edge, but he was a diminutive rather than a power player who played with surgical precision at any speed and with an expressive depth devoid of breathiness, vibrato, trickery. He can whirl your head off with his Clifford-like control and technique, than leave you daze with straight melodic readings of vibratos. His lines literally swell and "breathe." Hear him with Curtis Counce.

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Due to his decision to settle in Los Angeles, tenor saxophonist Harold Land has long been underrated. A strong bop stylist who later on would be influenced a great deal by John Coltrane, Land in 1959 had a sound closer to Sonny Rollins. For this excellent straight-ahead quintet set with trumpeter Dupree Bolton and pianist Elmo Hope, Land performs four of Hope’s superior but little-known compositions along with two of his own. This is high-quality hard bop, easily recommended to fans of straight-ahead jazz. – Scott Yanow