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  • Audio CD (October 5, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: April 20, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Postcards
  • ASIN: B00000371M
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,079 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...timeless pieces, beautifully rendered...if you are a seeker of beauty, Harold Land has the answer... -- JazzTimes (September 1995)

Land glides through Ray Ellis' orchestral charts, rhapsodizing forlorn and alluding to noirish days gone by. -- Billboard, May 6, 1995

Land glides through Ray Ellis' orchestral charts, rhapsodizing forlorn and alluding to noirish days gone by... -- Billboard (May 6, 1995)

Land is a fine musician who has not received the fame he deserves. -- Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Why didn't someone think of this before? . . .timeless pieces, beautifully rendered . . . if you are a seeker of beauty, Harold Land has the answer. -- JazzTimes, September 1995

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Enzi on October 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Terrific arrangements by Ray Ellis allude to but never repeat his charts for (five of the same songs) Billie Holiday's "Lady in Satin" If you love that album, this one will make your day! Harold Land's tenor has a lovely tone and the strings support rather than Wrestle him. This is a lovely album for a lazy afternoon or evening!
P.S. If you think Lady in Satin is Billie's worst or find the strings sepulchral or overdone this will NOT be to your taste.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've always been a big fan of sax master Harold Land, who still maintains the subtle and incisive manner that he has displayed over decades in the business. This album includes some of the greatest standards that ever were. While it is true that many jazz purists will object to the sometimes intrusive orchestral background on these tracks, Land's remarkable interpretations still manage to soar above everything else. Yeah, it would probably have been better with a small ensemble, but Land's performance remains breathtaking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Down Home Hip to the Jive on October 4, 2011
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Had a bad day? Need to tweak your mood. Want to change your "frame of mind" to a mellower one. Play this CD and Harold Land will soothe your soul with standards of serenity. Add the becalming support of an orchestra arranged and conducted by Ray Ellis, and the end results are songs more beautiful than a bouquet of flowers.

We're not talking about jazz that falls into the genres of hard bop or bebop; it's far removed from these categories. These melodies remain true to their composers and are played with peerless perfection for their melody and rhythm. This CD is a testimonial to the kind of melodic jazz first-rate jazz musicians create for world-weary listeners who need breathing spells and lulls from the demands of their sometimes hectic lives. The jazz is smooth, but not "smooth jazz", for it is an acoustical production crafted and executed by a fine corps of musicians who understood and mastered the melody and rhythm of each of these twelve classics. The opening track, "Lazy Afternoon", is stellar and sets the mood which is sustained by the remaining eleven songs. Land imbues each ballad with a languorous fluidity and delivery uniquely his own, one that identifies him as a balladeer extraordinaire.

The total listening experience is greater than just the twelve tracks singularly chosen for this CD, just as the beauty of a bouquet exceeds the beauty of any individual flower. Beginning with the Broadway musical song, "Lazy Afternoon", to Thelonious Monk's best-known jazz composition, "Round Midnight", Land caresses each song with unmitigated grace. You're sure to forget your troubles and stress while this relaxing music reveals itself as an antidote for the frustrations of your day. Like a bouquet, these songs have hues of a different color, guaranteed on lifting your spirit . . . performed with tenderness by Harold Land, one of tenor saxophonist's incomparable artists.
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