The Fox + Take Aim (2 LPs on 1 CD)
Harold Land (ts), Dupree Bolton, Martin Banks (tp), Elmo Hope, Amos Trice (p), Herbie Lewis, Clarence Jones (b), Frank Butler, Leon Petties (d)
This release presents Harold Lands complete original 1959 quintet album 'The Fox,' which pairs the saxophonist with the great Elmo Hope on piano and the brilliant and enigmatic trumpeter Dupree Bolton, who would never record again with Land. 'Take Aim,' recorded the following year, has been added here as a bonus.
01. The Fox 5:32
02. Mirror-Mind Rose 6:30
03. One Second, Please 5:49
04. Sims A-Plenty 6:14
05. Little Chris 5:07
06. One Down 7:22
07. As You Like It 7:12
08. Take Aim 3:40
09. Land Of Peace 6:16
10. Reflections 6:42
11. Blue Nellie 4:51
12. Youre My Thrill 7:58
Total time: 73:10 min.
Tracks #1-6, from the 12" album
"The Fox" (Contemporary S7619)
Previously issued as Hi-Fi Jazz SJ612
Tracks #7-12, from the 12" album
"Take Aim" (Blue Note 1057)
Personnel on "The Fox":
Harold Land, tenor sax; Dupree Bolton, trumpet; Elmo Hope, piano; Herbie Lewis, bass; Frank Butler, drums.
Recorded in Los Angeles, California, August 1959
Personnel on "Take Aim":
Harold Land, tenor sax; Martin Banks, trumpet; Amos Trice, piano; Clarence Jones, bass; Leon Petties, drums.
Recorded at Radio Recorders, in Los Angeles, California, on July 25, 1960
'The Fox' session produced by David Axelrod
'Take Aim' session produced by Leonard Feather
"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."
"This little-known Blue Note session by tenor saxophonist Harold Land went unreleased until this 1980 LP. Land and an obscure supporting cast (trumpeter Martin Banks, pianist Amos Trice, bassist Clarence Jones, and drummer Leon Pettis) perform five hard bop originals and a lyrical "You're My Thrill." The performances, which are now hard to find, should interest Land collectors and fans of the era's modern mainstream jazz, although overall the results are not that memorable."
Both by Scott Yanow -All Music Guide