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On this day in jazz (July 05)

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On this day in 1960, saxophonist Harold Land began recording the album Eastward Ho! Harold Land in New York. On the album Harold plays the tenor,  Kenny Dorham in on trumpet and the rhythm section consisted of Amos Trice on piano, Clarence Jones on bass and Joe Peters on the drums. The album was produced by legendary jazz producer Orrin Keepnews. The song "O.K. Blues" was dedicated to Orrin.

I haven't profiled Harold Land on the blog and since I'm getting close to completing 1 year of blogging "On this day in jazz", I figured I might try and get in a couple of fresh faces. Here's a few facts about Harold:


  • Born in Houston and grew up in San Diego
  • Started playing at the age of 16
  • His first recording (as a leader) was in 1949
  • In 1954 he joined the Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet
  • In the 80s and 90s he was a member of the Timeless All-Stars which featured Cedar Walton on piano, Buster Williams on bass, Billy Higgins on drums, Curtis Fuller on trombone and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes.
  • He joined the UCLA Music Department in 1996


Here's Harold with one of my favorite songs, Cole Porter's "So In Love":

Track listing:


  1. "So in Love" (Cole Porter) - 5:58
  2. "Triple Trouble" (Amos Trice) - 5:46
  3. "Slowly" (Kermit Goell, David Raksin) - 6:59
  4. "'On a Little Street in Singapore" (Peter DeRose, Billy Hill) - 7:07
  5. "O.K. Blues" - 12:23


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:46