Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Curtis Counce Exploring the Future

Although he lived for another five years after this session, this seems to be bassist Curtis Counce's last date as a leader. His quintet was in fine form playing originals by band member Elmo Hope and tenor saxophonist Harold Land, also playing standards like "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Angel Eyes" with convincing chops. Swedish trumpeter Rolf Ericson, who became better known to jazz fans while with Duke Ellington in the '60s, fits in beautifully with the cool-sounding hard bop style of this tight unit. Originally released on the long-defunct Dootone label, this highly sought-after record was finally reissued as a CD on the English label Boplicity in 1996.
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/exploring-the-future-mw0000088672

Curtis Counce
Exploring the Future


1 So Nice (Hope) 6:42
2 Angel Eyes (Brent, Dennis) 4:03
3 Into the Orbit (Hope) 4:47
4 Move (Williams) 2:34
5 Race for Space (Hope) 4:36
6 Someone to Watch over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin) 3:45
7 Exploring the Future (Williams) 6:18
8 The Countdown (Hope) 4:05
9 Foreplay [#/*] 6:40
10 Move [Unedited Version of Master] (Williams) 4:21
11 The Countdown [Unedited Version of Master] (Hope) 5:37

Curtis Counce - b
Harold Land - ts
Rolf Ericson - tp
Elmo Hope - p
Frank Butler - dr

Recorded in 1958


swamielmo said...

thanks again Mel. anything with Harold Land has my interest. Jim

neil said...

Got this a Mp3, so many thanks for the opportunity to upgrade, Mel...

Melanchthon said...


Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks, Melanchthon, from Madrid; all the day waiting for your new music!

reindeer man said...

More bounce to the ounce with Curtis Counce!

Otis Foster said...

Rumor was that Curtis spent the entire royalty buying up copies of this LP so as to spare his family the ignominy of seeing him looking like a dress extra in Plan 9 from Outer Space....

Anyway, great music though you wouldn't know from that cover.

deGallo said...

Thank you.