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The title track by Land, resembling the blues, is taken at a speedy tempo, Land, Bolton, and Hope are up for it though. The The second track is an especially interesting ballad titled "Mirror Mind Rose" composed by Elmo Hope. Land comments in the liner notes by saying that in Hopes playing he hears freedom but he hears form in His Composing.
I Strongly reccomend this album to anyone intersted in jazz and particularly bop or hard-bop. It is post-bop oriented and is not to be mistaken for the Cool west coast style.
"The Fox" is not my favorite Land session. One wishes he had included a couple of standards, or that the competent but unexceptional Elmo Hope had been replaced by Carl Perkins or Victor Feldman. But the recording more than lives up to its reputation as a classic. If it's your first exposure to Land, it may be a good idea to begin in the middle of the program. Listen to his elegant, dynamically sensitive phrasing on the head of "Little Chris," then notice how he maintains that glowing, vibrant quality throughout his solo. Compared to a Sonny Rollins (who replaced him in the Max-Clifford group), Harold's is a quiet, unassuming voice, but it's also as purposeful, resourceful, and purely musical as any on record. It requires a certain amount of brilliance to impress an audience; it takes another form of genius to attend to the music exclusive of its effects. Harold Land never wasted a note--which is why his recordings remain priceless.
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"The Fox" is rightly famous for being one of only two albums featuring the legendary trumpeter Dupree Bolton, potentially one of the greatest in jazz but for for his heroin... Read morePublished on October 20, 2013 by londrioca
This is nothing special and as seems to be the case with Frank Butler on the Contemporary dates, his cymbals are under recorded. Read morePublished on August 7, 2011 by Milan Simich
One of a very few albums that I have featuring Harold Land which I acquired back in 2004.......more than likely because West Coast jazz was supposed to be so laid back compared to... Read morePublished on April 17, 2011 by Robert J. Ament