Due to his decision to settle in Los Angeles, tenor saxophonist Harold Land
has long been underrated. A strong bop stylist who later on would be influenced a great deal by John Coltrane
in 1959 had a sound closer to Sonny Rollins
. For this excellent straight-ahead quintet set with trumpeter Dupree Bolton
and pianist Elmo Hope
performs four of Hope
's superior but little-known compositions along with two of his own. This is high-quality hard bop, easily recommended to fans of straight-ahead jazz.