Harold Land Sextet: Harold Land, Joe Gordon, Wes Montgomery, Barry Harris, Sam Jones, Louis Hayes.
Recorded in May 1960.
Personnel: Harold Land (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Wes Montgomery (guitar); Joe Gordon (trumpet); Barry Harris (piano); Louis Hayes (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Kirk Felton.
Liner Note Author: Orrin Keepnews.
Recording information: San Francisco, CA (05/17/1960/05/18/1960).
Photographer: Jerry Stoll.
This reissue (which surprisingly has not yet come out in complete fashion on CD) was originally recorded for the Jazzland label. Tenor saxophonist Harold Land leads an all-star sextet that includes guitarist Wes Montgomery, trumpeter Joe Gordon, pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes. Together, they perform three of Land's originals, "Don't Explain," and Charlie Parker's "Klactoveedsedstene," and an early version of Montgomery's "West Coast Blues." The music is as well-played and swinging as one would expect from this superior bop group. ~ Scott Yanow