The Morchestra: Big Band Harold Land! at California Jazz Conservatory
Sat, October 8, 2022
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I am fascinated by musicians who reinvent themselves and create their own musical worlds, like Eric Dolphy, Woody Shaw, the Beatles, and the Band, for instance. Harold Land is one of them.
Rewind to the 1950s and he’s playing brawny uptempo bebop with Clifford Brown, no slouch, but very much of a piece with the common practice. Fast forward a decade and, influenced by Coltrane and the burgeoning avant grade and by the social changes that the country is undergoing, his formerly declarative and muscular sound is now pastel and allusive, and his tunes are quirky, asymmetrical, exotic, influenced by ethnic souls and even rock, as well as the modal jazz of the period....