Night In Barcelona – Harold Land
A bossa with a bass line hook, this sophisticated composition takes smooth to a new level.
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- Recording: Bobby Hutcherson - San Francisco
- Recorded on: July 15, 1970
- Label: Blue Note (BST 84362)
- Concert Key: E-flat minor
- Vocal Range: , to
- Style: Latin (Bossa)
- Flute - Harold Land
- Vibes - Bobby Hutcherson
- Piano - Joe Sample
- Bass - Johnny Williams
- Drums - Mickey Roker
Our audio excerpt starts with the last two measures of the intro and introduces you to Harold's bass line hook. It first surfaces in the eight-measure intro, is reintroduced as an interlude that sets up the first soloist, and then later reappears under each soloist. Don Sickler recalls, "The front line on the recording is flute and vibes, but I had the honor to perform it in the 1990s with Harold when it was a trumpet/tenor sax front line."
Don continues: "My research shows that Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson started recording together on December 4, 1967, on Gerald Wilson's big band album "Everywhere" for Pacific Jazz. One week later, they started a long term recording relationship when Bobby joined Harold for the first session of Harold's "The Peacemaker" album for Cadet. Bobby reciprocated the next year (July 12, 1968) for his "Total Eclipse" album for Blue Note, and the two continued to record together, with each as leader, as well as both continuing to work on sessions under Gerald Wilson's leadership. Our A Night In Barcelona session was sandwiched between Ella Fitzgerald orchestral sessions under the direction of Gerald Wilson. Land and Hutcherson continued to record together through the 1970s and into the '80s, when both became founding members of the co-operative group, "The Timeless Allstars," along with Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Buster Williams and Billy Higgins."
February 18, 1928 – July 27, 2001
Many people only know of Harold Land as the great tenor saxophone soloist who made the classic quintet recordings with the Clifford Brown - Max Roach Quintet: Joy Spring, Daahoud, The Blues Walk and other classics—many of which are available from jazzleadsheets.com. Harold is far more than just a great tenor saxophonist sideman. Read more...