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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Ursula (Instrumental)Harold Land Sextet 7:06Album Only
Listen  2. Klactoveedsedstene (Instrumental)Wes Montgomery 9:58Album Only
Listen  3. Don't Explain (Instrumental)Harold Land Sextet 4:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. West Coast Blues (Instrumental)Harold Land Sextet 6:010.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Terrain (Instrumental)Harold Land Sextet 7:46Album Only
Listen  6. Compulsion (Instrumental)Harold Land Sextet 6:490.79  Buy MP3 

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In The Land Of West Coast All-Stars 12 Nov 2000
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Harold Land's "West Coast Blues" may be a one-time gathering of jazz all-stars, but it is one of the best jam sessions in the OJC catalog. This album is quite a departure from his more personal previous effort "The Fox" (see my review), in that Land has to be more of a team player due to the immense talents of his colleagues featured here -- Wes Montgomery on guitar, Joe Gordon on trumpet, and as the album jacket says, "the all-soul rhythm section" of Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. If this seems like an unlikely lineup, you're right it is. This session came together in May 1960 for the Jazzland label (an offshoot of Riverside) when the Cannonball Adderley Quintet (of which Harris, Jones and Hayes were members) was in San Francisco for an extended gig. Wes Montgomery was also living in San Fran and was just beginning to receive acclaim (one wonders if he would have cut this session even a year later -- probably not he would have been too big). Orrin Keepnews then brought Land and Gordon up from L.A. to complete the session. The fact that the rhythm section had played together so frequently provides this jam session with a solid foundation, but it is the magical interplay between Wes, Land and Gordon that really sets this disc on fire. There are three Land originals here (all are excellent) and the title track is Wes Montgomery's composition. Any fan of Land, Montgomery or even Cannonball will thoroughly enjoy this fantastic outing.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars East Meets West With Swinging Results 22 Jan 2010
By Jack Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
West Coast Blues is a stellar meeting of West Coast tenor sax great Harold Land, trumpeter Joe Gordon, and guitarist Wes Montgomery, with the East Coast savvy of pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Louis Hayes. Recorded in May of 1960 in San Francisco while Harris, Jones, and Hayes were in town with Cannonball Adderly, this fortuitous meeting resulted in a fabulous album.

Let me just say that I am absolutely in love with this session. Harold Land and company are melodic, soulful, and swing like mad. In my opinion, the stand out track is the beautiful and haunting opener, "Ursula", penned by Land. The sextet also tackles Charlie Parker's "Klactoveedsedstne"(whew!), Wes Montgomery's yet to be classic "West Coast Blues", the Herzog/Holiday piece "Don't Explain", and two other Land compositions, "Terrain" and "Compulsion". Harris, Jones, Hayes, and Montgomery I've heard on other albums and are as solid as ever. Joe Gordon plays a mean trumpet, but the highlight for me was the tenor playing of the leader. Mr. Land has a smooth tone and an ear for the right phrasing. He never overplays, but delivers stirring bop track after track.

West Coast Blues is a prime example of musicians at the top of their game. Despite the quickly arranged sessions, the sextet plays like it's been together for years, a mark of superior musicianship. This is one of the most enjoyable jazz albums I've ever heard and would heartily recommend it to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An object lesson in the importance of sequencing 9 Dec 2008
By Matthew Watters - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The other reviewer is spot-on and absolutely correct about how great this album is. Therefore, I wanted to add a comment on a side issue: the importance of sequencing to the reception of an album. Remember that this recording was released in the LP era, with a Side A and a Side B. If I had bought it in those days, I would ALWAYS play Side B first, beginning with Wes Montgomery's funky title tune (and, remember, in 1960, soul jazz was just beginning to take off), followed by two brilliantly intricate Harold Land originals clearly influenced by his pal Elmo Hope but which nevertheless seem more accessible than anything Hope composed. If Side B had led off this album, I maintain that it would have been far more highly regarded by posterity. Instead, Side A begins with a nice (but less challenging) Land original, followed by the album's safest track (a Charlie Parker cover) and an atmospheric standard (Billie's "Don't Explain"). Listen to the album in the order I suggest (tracks 4 through 6, then tracks 1 through 3), and you'll hear how much more groundbreaking it sounds.....
5.0 out of 5 stars Harold Land 1 Jan 2012
By Hertzel Grotch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Harold Land's West Coast Blues is a great addition to my collection and I recommend it to any Bop or post Bop fan. This collection featuring Wes Montgomery, Barry Harris, Sam Jones, Joe Gordon and Louis Hayes is definitely an all-star line-up. It swings from the first cut to the last -- in my humble opinion, it's a must have!
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