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Art Lande: Desert Marauders (1978)

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Art Lande


Desert Marauders

Released: 1978
Label: ECM
Catalog: ECM 1106
Genre: Jazz / Progressive Jazz
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Rubisa Patrol
02 Livre (Near The Sky)
03 El Pueblo De Las Vacas Tristes
04 Perelandra
05 Sansara
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Album Review

by Michael G. Nastos []

For Rubisa Patrol's second and final ECM album, pianist Art Lande and trumpeter/flugelhornist Mark Isham were joined again by bassist/flutist Bill Douglass and new member drummer Kurt Wortman. The music is not as vital as on their debut disc, but more refined and thoughtful. A bit more fire might have identified this group as a contender, as the extended title track suggests, but after folding, Lande recorded children's stories for the Windham Hill label, then retreated to the Colorado mountains. Isham headed for L.A. and went on to a lucrative career writing music for movies. This is solid, contemporary improvisational music, a touch laidback, and makes one wish this ensemble would have carried on. They were special.

Art Lande's biography

by Scott Yanow []

An adventurous yet subtle improviser, Art Lande has long been one of the top jazz pianists based in Colorado, which accounts for his regional fame but general lack of notoriety despite his talents and originality. He started having classical lessons when he was four, studied at Williams College, and moved to San Francisco in 1969. Lande, who occasionally played electric piano in the 1970s, has mostly carved out his own singular path throughout his career, taking the innovations of Bill Evans several steps further. In 1973 he recorded with Jan Garbarek and Ted Curson and in the mid-'70s had started his own jazz school. In 1976 he formed the quartet Rubisa Patrol, which recorded for ECM and lasted until 1983. After teaching for three years in Switzerland, Lande moved to Boulder, CO, in 1987. As a leader, Lande has recorded for ECM (four albums during 1973, 1976, 1977, and 1981), 1750 Arch (1977-1978), and the Great American Music Hall label (two sets during 1987-1988).
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