ART LANDE

Post-Fusion Contemporary / Avant-Garde Jazz / Jazz Related Improv/Composition / Fusion • United States
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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), read more...
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ART LANDE Art Lande, Jan Garbarek : Red Lanta album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Art Lande, Jan Garbarek : Red Lanta
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1974
ART LANDE Rubisa Patrol album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Rubisa Patrol
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1976
ART LANDE The Eccentricities Of Earl Dant album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Eccentricities Of Earl Dant
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1977
ART LANDE Art Lande And Rubisa Patrol ‎: Desert Marauders album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Art Lande And Rubisa Patrol ‎: Desert Marauders
Fusion 1978
ART LANDE The Story Of Ba-Ku album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Story Of Ba-Ku
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1979
ART LANDE Skylight album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Skylight
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1981
ART LANDE Hardball! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hardball!
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1987
ART LANDE Melissa Spins Away album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Melissa Spins Away
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1988
ART LANDE The Three Billy Goats Gruff And The Three Little Pigs album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Three Billy Goats Gruff And The Three Little Pigs
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1989
ART LANDE Art Lande and Mark Miller: Prayers, Germs and Obsessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Lande and Mark Miller: Prayers, Germs and Obsessions
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1994
ART LANDE Art Lande & Mark Miller : World Without Cars album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Lande & Mark Miller : World Without Cars
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1997
ART LANDE Boy Girl Band : Drop Your Leotards album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boy Girl Band : Drop Your Leotards
Avant-Garde Jazz 2003
ART LANDE Boy Girl Band: Down the Corridor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Boy Girl Band: Down the Corridor
Avant-Garde Jazz 2008
ART LANDE While She Sleeps-Art Lande Piano Lullabies album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
While She Sleeps-Art Lande Piano Lullabies
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2008
ART LANDE Art Lande & Jon Scoville ‎: A Field Guide To Sleep (Lullabyes For Adults) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Lande & Jon Scoville ‎: A Field Guide To Sleep (Lullabyes For Adults)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 2012

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ART LANDE Art Lande Plays Monk 0.00 | 0 ratings
Art Lande Plays Monk "Friday The 13th" (Live At Vartan Jazz)
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1997

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ART LANDE Art Lande And Rubisa Patrol ‎: Desert Marauders

Album · 1978 · Fusion
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Steve Wyzard
CLASSIC FUSION IT IS!

First, let's clear up the confusion. The name of the group is Rubisa Patrol, led by pianist Art Lande. Their first album in 1976, with a different drummer, was entitled Rubisa Patrol. The opening track of 1978's Desert Marauders, their second album, is entitled "Rubisa Patrol", but this track did not appear on the similarly-titled first album. Got it?

All that being said, Desert Marauders couldn't be more different from the first album, even though the two were recorded only 13 months apart. Rubisa Patrol has become one of the classic examples of brooding ECM melancholy and could almost be labeled World Fusion. Desert Marauders, on the other hand, is a far more vigorous musical statement, and in spite of being entirely acoustic, can more than hold its own when being compared to other Classic Fusion albums from the same time period.

Opener "Rubisa Patrol" is a rhythmic 15:57 epic and a jaw-dropping stunner. New drummer Kurt Wortman's vehement flourishes let everyone know immediately that this album will be different. Lande's playing has never been so vibrant, almost reminding one of fellow ECM pianist Bobo Stenson. After a number of starts and stops, Lande and trumpeter Mark Isham both take among their longest solos ever, and then meticulously double-track one another while playing the complex, long-lined final section. Isham's only composition on this album is "Livre (Near the Sky)", a light and airy respite after the dynamic opener. "El Pueblo de las Vacas Triste" begins leisurely but soon picks up speed, while "Perelandra" (a C.S. Lewis influence, perhaps?) is the one track most reminiscent of the previous album with its Bill Douglass flute solo. And if you couldn't get enough of the spirited "Rubisa Patrol", closer "Samsara" is a mini-epic that provides more of the same.

After making one of the stand-out albums of 1978, this group never recorded for ECM again, although they continued to perform together into the early 1980s. Lande would go on to record with Gary Peacock, Paul McCandless, and a heavily-synthesized duet with Isham, but never again did anything approaching Desert Marauders. The real mystery still to be solved is the reason why this album and its predecessor have never been released on CD.

ART LANDE Skylight

Album · 1981 · Post-Fusion Contemporary
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Steve Wyzard
ECM PASTORALISM

Until recent times, this was a very hard album to locate, especially in the USA - in fact, to this day, I've never seen an LP copy. Now that it's more readily available, listeners will be greatly rewarded by this one-off trio featuring Paul McCandless (Oregon) on woodwinds, Dave Samuels (Spyro Gyra/Double Image) on vibraphone and marimba, and Art Lande (Jan Garbarek/Gary Peacock/Rubisa Patrol) on piano and percussion. While no one player receives top billing, it is McCandless who dominates this material, pushing his many instruments to the absolute limit. And when I say "pastoralism", don't think "quiet and sleepy", rather "wide open spaces" or "resonant pictorial landscapes" more accurately describe the atmospheres contained within.

McCandless alternates his instruments on each track to create a wide variety of tones and timbres. The opening title track is a showpiece for soprano sax, with Lande providing Chick Corea-ish background colors. The hypnotic "Dance of the Silver Skeezix" is a quirky scherzo, with McCandless hitting some very shrill high notes on the oboe and Samuels creating kaleidoscopic textures on the marimba. "Duck in a Colorful Blanket (For Here)" is the obligatory free improv with McCandless on bass clarinet and Lande on cymbals. "Chillum" is a slow, drifting impressionistic piece for soprano sax, while the meandering "Moist Windows/Lawn Party" includes an English horn solo. The experimental "Ente (To Go)" is a duet for percussion and wood flute, and the closing "Willow" begins with piercing soprano sax only to resolve into something much dreamier.

As with many ECM recordings, some will say the music is "too classical" to be jazz, and "too jazzy" to be classical. My best recommendation would be if you enjoy the music of Lande, Samuels, and McCandless in other contexts, you should find much to appreciate here. And while it would be a stretch to consider Skylight an all-time classic, it remains to this day a thought-provoking exercise in musical pastoralism. Had it been more widely released, it might have found itself on many "Album of the Year, 1981" lists.

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Where is 1978's Desert Marauders?

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