This 1961 Atlantic recording features Harold Land on tenor sax, Red Mitchell on bass, Carmell Jones on trumpet, Frank Strazzeri on piano and Leon Petties on drums.
Full performer name: Red Mitchell/Harold Land Quintet.
Red Mitchell/Harold Land Quintet: Red Mitchell (bass); Harold Land (tenor saxophone); Carmell Jones (trumpet); Frank Strazzeri (piano); Leon Petties (drums).
Producers: Nesuhi Ertegun, Bones Howe.
Reissue producers: Donald Elfman, Naomi Yoshii.
Originally released on Atlantic (1376). Includes liner notes by Leonard Feather.
Digitally remastered by Gene Paul (DB Plus, New York, New York).
Personnel: Harold Land (tenor saxophone); Carmell Jones (trumpet); Frank Strazzeri (piano); Leon Petties (drums).
Liner Note Author: Leonard Feather.
Photographer: William Claxton.
Unknown Contributor Role: Bob Porter.
In the early '60s, bassist Red Mitchell and tenor saxophonist Harold Land co-led a quintet in Los Angeles. The group did not catch on but they did record one Atlantic set that has been reissued on CD. In addition to the co-leaders, the quintet included trumpeter Carmell Jones, pianist Frank Strazzeri, and drummer Leon Pettis, and, although their original program of six songs was comprised entirely of group originals, the music falls easily into the hard bop area with plenty of fine solos and swinging ensembles. The CD reissue adds two previously unreleased tracks including a lone standard, "I'm Old Fashioned." This is a fine effort from a group that deserved greater recognition at the time. ~ Scott Yanow