Land (band)


Land (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Land


Img_capt =
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Background = group_or_band
Birth_name =
Alias =
Born =
Died =
Origin = Seattle, Washington, United States
Instrument =
Genre = Jazz World music Rock Electronic music
Occupation =
Years_active = 1993-2001
Label = Extreme Periplum First World Music
Associated_acts = Jeff Greinke Dennis Rea Bill Rieflin Hana Greg Gilmore
URL = [http://www.dennisrea.com/LAND.html LAND at dennisrea.com]
Current_members =
Past_members = Jeff Greinke Lesli Dalaba Dennis Rea Bill Rieflin Fred Chalenor Greg Gilmore Bill Moyer Ed Pias George Soler

Land was a Seattle based music group founded and lead by Jeff Greinke. Their music is described by guitarist Dennis Rea as "an odd blend of jazz, rock, electronic, and world music."cite book
last = Rea
first = Dennis
authorlink = Dennis Rea
coauthors =
title = Live at the Forbidden City
publisher = iUniverse
date = 2006
pages = 179
url = http://www.dennisrea.com/forbidden.html
isbn = ISBN 0-595-39048-X
] Land was active from 1993 until 2001 and released three albums. In 1996 they toured China, Hong Kong, and Macaucite web
last = Rea
first = Dennis
authorlink = Dennis Rea
title = LAND
url = http://www.dennisrea.com/LAND.html
accessdate = 2007-10-24
] , including a performance at the prestigious Beijing International Jazz Festival.cite web
title = Profile: Jeff Greinke
publisher = Star's End (radio program)
url = http://www.starsend.org/jeffgreinke.html
accessdate = 2007-10-24
] cite web
last = Müller-Gödecke
first = Cornelie
title = Beijing Jazz Festival 1996
date = 1996-11-10
url = http://www.avantart.com/china/peking96.htm
format =
doi =
accessdate = 2007-10-24
]

"Note: the band always wrote their name LAND in block capitals. Typographic conventions have meant this spelling is not used in this article."

Overview

Core Members

*Jeff Greinke (1993-2001)
*Dennis Rea (1993-2001)
*Lesli Dalaba (1993-2001)
*Ed Pias (1993-1996)
*George Soler (1996-1997)
*Bill Moyer (1996-1997)
*Greg Gilmore (1996-1997)
*Fred Chalenor (1998-2001)
*Bill Rieflin (1998-2001)

Collaborators

*Tori Nelson-Zagar - acoustic bass (1994)
*Scott Gronlund - tenor saxophone (1994)
*Wang Yong - guzheng (1996)
*Doug Haire - mixing (1994), engineer (1996-2001), producer (1997)

Musical Style

Land played a mixture of jazz, rock, ethnic/world music, and electronic music. Their first album and early performances tended to reflect Jeff Greinke's ambient music background. By 1997 their music had a much harder edge, best exemplified on their album "Road Movies".cite web
last = Rea
first = Dennis
authorlink = Dennis Rea
coauthors = Melton, Jeff
title = Exposé Magazine interview
publisher = Exposé Magazine
date = 2001-12
url = http://www.dennisrea.com/expose.html
accessdate = 2007-11-15
]

History

Land was formed by Jeff Greinke in 1993. Guitarist Dennis Rea and trumpeter Lesli Dalaba were the other original members of Land and they were soon joined by drummer Ed Pias.cite web
last = Greinke
first = Jeff
authorlink = Jeff Greinke
title = Jeff Greinke, "Places of Motility" Interview
publisher = AmbiEntrance
date = 1998-08-19
url = http://www.spiderbytes.com/ambientrance/greinke.htm
accessdate = 2007-11-16
] Greinke and Rea had met in 1982 when Rea was a member of Savant and had performed together that year. Land's first self titled album was recorded in 1994 and released by the Australian label Extreme in 1995. The label describes the album "Land" on its website: "Elements of jazz, ethnic, dance and ambient music are all evident, as well as the Fourth World sound of Jon Hassell."cite web
title = LAND
work = LAND
publisher = Extreme
date =
url = http://www.xtr.com/catalog/xcd-032.php
accessdate = 2007-11-15
] All of Land's albums started out as live radio broadcasts with, according to Dennis Rea, "...very little re-recording or cosmetic surgery after the fact, so they are accurate representations of the band's live sound."cite web
last = Rea
first = Dennis
authorlink = Dennis Rea
coauthors = Melton, Jeff
title = Exposé Magazine interview
publisher = Exposé Magazine
date = 2001-12
url = http://www.dennisrea.com/expose.html
accessdate = 2007-11-15
]

A May, 1996 concert broadcast formed the basis for most of the second album, "Archipelago". The group had expanded to a septet by that time, adding George Soler (Stick), and two additional percussionists: Greg Gilmore and Bill Moyer. It was this lineup, minus Ed Pias, who had left the group, that toured China in November-December, 1996, performing in Beijing, Kunming, and Chengdu, as well as Hong Kong, and Macau.cite web
last = Rea
first = Dennis
authorlink = Dennis Rea
title = LAND
url = http://www.dennisrea.com/LAND.html
accessdate = 2007-10-24
] cite book
last = Rea
first = Dennis
authorlink = Dennis Rea
title = Live at the Forbidden City
publisher = iUniverse
date = 2006
pages = 179-191
url = http://www.dennisrea.com/forbidden.html
isbn = ISBN 0-595-39048-X
] The tour included a performance at the Beijing International Jazz Festival.cite web
title = Profile: Jeff Greinke
publisher = Star's End (radio program)
url = http://www.starsend.org/jeffgreinke.html
accessdate = 2007-10-24
] cite web
last = Müller-Gödecke
first = Cornelie
title = Beijing Jazz Festival 1996
date = 1996-11-10
url = http://www.avantart.com/china/peking96.htm
accessdate = 2007-10-24
] In addition, during the festival on November 12 Rea and Dalaba performed with guzheng virtuoso Wang Yong, Austrian violinist Andreas Schreiber, Dutch drummer Han Bennink, and Claudio Puntin and Steffen Schorn on horns at Keep In Touch, reportedly China's first internet cafe.cite book
last = Rea
first = Dennis
authorlink = Dennis Rea
title = Live at the Forbidden City
publisher = iUniverse
date = 2006
pages = 179-191
url = http://www.dennisrea.com/forbidden.html
isbn = ISBN 0-595-39048-X
] The jam session produced a mixture of American style free jazz and European influenced improvisation blended at times with traditional Chinese music. The results were captured on the album "", which was released as a double CD in March, 2004.cite web
publisher = Verge Music Distribution
title = Free Touching: Live In Beijing
url = http://www.vergemusic.com/description.cfm/ProductID/15338/Title/Free%25252DTouching%2525253A%25252DLive%25252Din%25252DBeijing/type/search/Search/Free%252520Touching
accessdate = 2007-12-14
] cite web
publisher = Noise Asia Records
title = Noise Asia Records
date = 2004
url =http://www.noiseasia.com/main/catalog/na_list/04_freetouch.htm
accessdate = 2007-12-06
] Wang Yong also joined Land on stage for their concert in Hong Kong.cite book
last = Rea
first = Dennis
authorlink = Dennis Rea
title = Live at the Forbidden City
publisher = iUniverse
date = 2006
pages = 179-191
url = http://www.dennisrea.com/forbidden.html
isbn = ISBN 0-595-39048-X
]

"Deep", the final track for "Archipelago", by the same lineup that had toured China, was recorded in February of 1997,cite web
title = Archipelago
publisher = The Edge
date =
url =http://www.the-edge.ws/greinke/archipelago.html
accessdate =
] with finishing touches completed in July.cite web
last = Greinke
first = Jeff
authorlink = Jeff Greinke
title = Jeff Greinke, "Places of Motility" Interview
publisher = AmbiEntrance
date = 1998-08-19
url = http://www.spiderbytes.com/ambientrance/greinke.htm
accessdate = 2007-11-16
] The album was released on the Periplum label later that year.cite web
title = Archipelago
publisher = The Edge
date =
url =http://www.the-edge.ws/greinke/archipelago.html
accessdate =
]

By 1998, Land had gone through a number of personnel changes and had developed a much harder-edged sound.cite web
last = Rea
first = Dennis
authorlink = Dennis Rea
coauthors = Melton, Jef.
title = Exposé Magazine interview
publisher = Exposé Magazine
date = 2001-12
url = http://www.dennisrea.com/expose.html
accessdate = 2007-11-15
] Andrew Bartlett, writing in a 1999 article in "Seattle Weekly", described the music at that time, in part: "LAND's sound is a swirl—a clicking, cascading, jolting mix of sonorities and styles." Dennis Rea is quoted in the article: ""The current lineup is more of a 'rock' band than earlier editions, and is much more explosive and in-your-face. Our connection with ambient music is pretty tenuous at this point."cite web
last = Bartlett
first = Andrew
coauthors =
title =Tones United
work =
publisher =Seattle Weekly
date =1999-02-24
url =http://www.seattleweekly.com/1999-02-24/music/tones-united.php
accessdate = 2007-11-16
] The final incarnation of the band, which recorded the album "Road Movies" between June, 1998 and February, 1999, included Greinke, Rea, Dalaba, drummer Bill Rieflin (now with R.E.M.), and bassist Fred Chalenor. "Road Movies" was not released until 2001 on the First World Music label.cite web
title = Road Movies
publisher = The Edge
url =http://www.the-edge.ws/greinke/road.html
accessdate =
] It was named one of the Top Ten releases of 2001 by Pulse! (Instrumental/Ambient) and the Seattle Weekly (Jazz).cite web
last = Rea
first = Dennis
authorlink = Dennis Rea
title = LAND CD Reviews
url = http://www.dennisrea.com/reviews.html
accessdate = 2007-11-29
]

Lesli Dalaba also left the band in 2001cite web
last = Rea
first = Dennis
authorlink = Dennis Rea
coauthors = Melton, Jef.
title = Exposé Magazine interview
publisher = Exposé Magazine
date = 2001-12
url = http://www.dennisrea.com/expose.html
accessdate = 2007-11-15
] and the remaining members decided to amicably part ways.cite web
last = Rea
first = Dennis
authorlink = Dennis Rea
title = LAND
url = http://www.dennisrea.com/LAND.html
accessdate = 2007-10-24
]

Discography

*1995 : "LAND"
*1997 : "Archipelago"
*2001 : "Road Movies" cite web
last =
first =
authorlink =
coauthors =
title = Jeff Greinke Discography
work =
publisher = www.theedge.ws
date = 2007-08-02
url = http://www.the-edge.ws/greinke/
format =
doi =
accessdate = 2007-10-24
]

Notes

References

*Album liner notes


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