Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Curtis Counce Exploring The Future

Bassist Curtis Counce was an in-demand player from the moment he arrived in Los Angeles in the late 40s. His group included pianist Carl Perkins, trumpeter Jack Sheldon and the incredible saxophonist Harold Land. Signed by Contemporary, they released two fine hard bop albums in 1956 and 1957. By the time of their Dootone album Exploring The Future — which featured an astounding cover of Counce in an orange spacesuit — Perkins had died and Sheldon had left the group. The record was exceptional, although different from their earlier material, the arrival of Elmo Hope on piano making for a busier sound.
Dean Rudland

Source :

Curtis Counce
Exploring The Future


1 So Nice (Hope)  6:39
2 Angel Eyes (Brent, Dennis)  4:01
3 Into the Orbit (Hope)  4:45
4 Move (Williams)  2:32
5 Race for Space (Hope)  4:34
6 Someone to Watch over Me (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:43
7 Exploring the Future (Williams)  6:16
8 The Countdown (Hope)  4:03
9 Foreplay (?)  6:44
10 Chasing the Bird (Parker)  6:33
11 Move [Unedited Version] (Williams)  4:19
12 Head Gear (aka The Countdown) [Unedited Version] (Hope)  5:36


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

Recorded in 1958


Luis said...

Merci, merci!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thanks a lot (as always)

brian said...

something is wrong with counce and gordon links!? Thanks!

deGallo said...

Thank you

stringbender said...

Many thanks for this great post!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

carrolin said...

Muchas gracias

AmyBRAINS said...

A nice upgrade to me.
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

sikes said...

Hi Mel, could you repost this please, thanks

Melanchthon said...

Kevin Kaiser said...

I dig everything by the Curtis Counce groups. I found this one in Barcelona.

Axel.T. said...

I can never get tired of All the Curtis Counce recordings. All the players were so tight and it was such a shame about Carl Perkins.. I really like his playing. I think Jack Sheldon is still alive, but not healthy. All this music from Curtis and his groups is just timeless, as good today as when I first heard it in the 1950s wher I waw just a kid.
Thank you Mel for your wonderful musical blog/site.

Kovina Kris said...

FYI - Expired files here.