Curtis Counce Quintet: Curtis Counce (bass); Harold Land (tenor saxophone); Rolf Ericson (trumpet); Elmo Hope (piano); Frank Butler (drums).
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.
01 So Nice
02 Angel Eyes
03 Into the Oribt
05 Race for Space
06 Someone to Watch Over Me
07 Exploring the Future
08 The Countdown
09 Foreplay - (previously unreleased, bonus track)
10 Move - (unedited version of master, bonus track)
11 The Countdown - (unedited version of master, bonus track)