Dave Holland

Dave Holland - Ones All (1995) {Intuition Music INT 2148 2}  Music

Posted by ruskaval at March 31, 2017
Dave Holland - Ones All (1995) {Intuition Music INT 2148 2}

Dave Holland - Ones All (1995) {Intuition Music INT 2148 2}
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Jazz / Post Bop / Double Bass

In 1992, Dave Holland took a break from his extended residency at ECM to record his second solo bass outing, Ones All, for Intuition. In contrast to the abstract territory Holland explored with 1977's Emerald Tears, Ones All probes a more straightforward vein and feels very much like a jazz record despite its unconventional instrumentation. Holland's seemingly limitless capacity for harmonic and rhythmic invention is completely in evidence as he moves through this collection of six originals and four standards (plus one tune by Holland's fellow bassist Michael Moore).
Richie Beirach / Dave Holland / Jack DeJohnette - Trust (1996) {Evidence}

Richie Beirach / Dave Holland / Jack DeJohnette - Trust (1996) {Evidence}
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Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop

Though Richie Beirach isn't obscure, he isn't as well-known as he should be. A flexible pianist, Beirach can be quite lyrical on standards, although being cerebral and abstract also comes easy to him. One of the more cerebral, unsentimental albums he recorded in the '90s was Trust, a fine post-bop trio date boasting Dave Holland on bass and Jack DeJohnette on drums.

Dave Holland Quartet - Conference Of The Birds (1973) {ECM 1027}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Sept. 11, 2016
Dave Holland Quartet - Conference Of The Birds (1973) {ECM 1027}

Dave Holland Quartet - Conference Of The Birds (1973) {ECM 1027}
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Genre: Avant-Garde Jazz, Free Jazz

Dave Holland's debut as a leader, Conference of the Birds, doesn't seem to get its proper due outside of avant-garde circles; perhaps, when discussing the greats, Holland's name simply doesn't spring to mind as immediately. Whatever the case, Conference of the Birds is one of the all-time avant-garde jazz classics, incorporating a wide spectrum of '60s innovations. Part of the reason it works so well is the one-time-only team-up of two avant-garde legends: the fiery, passionate Sam Rivers and the cerebral Anthony Braxton; they complement and contrast one another in energizing fashion throughout.
Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Bill Frisell - Angel Song (1997) {ECM 1607}

Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Dave Holland, Bill Frisell - Angel Song (1997) {ECM 1607}
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Jazz / Post Bop / Chamber Jazz / Trumpet

Kenny Wheeler is among the most lyrically commanding yet daring of modern trumpeters. There's a palpable ease of execution, and a poignant human quality, to his distinctive timbre, as on the title tune where his fluttering descents into the lower register, the cracked yet powerful vocal inflections, and the sudden emission of high harmonics suggest a whistling column of air slowly leaking from a balloon. And from the moody Spanish tinge of "Present Past" to the raga-ish Nordic gravity of "Unti," alto player Lee Konitz matches Wheeler's lyric ease with a singing sound and rhythmic buoyancy all his own.

Dave Holland Quartet - Dream Of The Elders (1996) {ECM 1572}  Music

Posted by tiburon at March 10, 2016
Dave Holland Quartet - Dream Of The Elders (1996) {ECM 1572}

Dave Holland Quartet - Dream Of The Elders (1996) {ECM 1572}
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Genre: Jazz, Post-Bop

Stylewise, the music on this CD sounds much closer to a mid-'60s Blue Note release than what one might expect from ECM. Although the general sound of the ensembles is light, the music is often filled with inner heat, a little reminiscent of a Wayne Shorter record. Altoist Eric Person and vibraphonist Steve Nelson work well together, bassist Dave Holland takes plenty of solo space, drummer Gene Jackson keeps the momentum flowing and guest vocalist Cassandra Wilson does a fine job on Maya Angelou's poem "Equality." Holland's originals have plenty of variety in moods while close attention is paid to dynamics. A satisfying and thought-provoking session.

Dave Holland - Life Cycle (1983) {ECM 1238}  Music

Posted by tiburon at Oct. 23, 2015
Dave Holland - Life Cycle (1983) {ECM 1238}

Dave Holland - Life Cycle (1983) {ECM 1238}
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Genre: Jazz

Holland picks up here where he left off on Emerald Tears with this overlooked solo album, which finds him swapping his usual upright for cello. While Holland is obviously no stranger to the instrument, it is such a rare pleasure to hear the cello alone at his bow. The bread and butter of this set is the eponymous five-parter, which indeed seems to trace a life from beginning to end. It is not only a cycle, but also its affirmation, such that the birth cries of “Inception” rend us with the thrill of being in a way that suggests awareness of a former existence.
Pat Metheny with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer (1990)

Pat Metheny with Dave Holland & Roy Haynes - Question And Answer (1990)
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Genre: Crossover Jazz, Post-Bop | Label: Geffen | # GED 24293, GEFD 24293 | Time: 01:02:53

Here you have three absolutely breathtaking jazz performers locked into a studio for a day or so. From this combination of guitar, standup bass, and acoustic drum kit, you've got nine tracks of sheer jazz joy – three guys just blowing for the hell of it, recorded on the fly. There's a strong sense here that engineer Rob Eaton probably tried to get everybody properly set up and balanced before the session started and just gave up when everybody started playing. It's a delight to hear, because everything has gone into the performance, which is spontaneous and graceful – no going back for the next take here. Pat Metheny's playing is definitely modernistic, highly fluid, almost liquid lightning – no effects boxes here, though (he does play Synclavier on the last track, "Three Flights Up," but it's great anyway). Roy Haynes, likewise, should be heard by anybody wanting to get behind the traps: this man has a sense of humor, and he's a blur of motion. Dave Holland, on bass, is no slouch either, keeping pace with Metheny's guitar lines, and balancing up against Haynes' drums. Together, these guys are incredible.
Kenny Barron & Dave Holland - The Art Of Conversation (2014) {Impulse}

Kenny Barron & Dave Holland - The Art Of Conversation (2014) {Impulse}
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Genre: Straight-Ahead Jazz, Post-Bop

Beginning in 2012, pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Dave Holland formed a duo partnership that found them performing live all around the world. The duo's 2014 studio album, The Art of Conversation, showcases this collaboration with a simple, beautifully understated mix of standards and original compositions. Journeyman solo artists and bandleaders in their own right, both Barron and Holland are virtuoso musicians who've made their mark playing disparate, if compatible, styles of jazz.

Dave Holland Quartet - Extensions (1990) {ECM 1410}  Music

Posted by tiburon at May 6, 2015
Dave Holland Quartet - Extensions (1990) {ECM 1410}

Dave Holland Quartet - Extensions (1990) {ECM 1410}
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Genre: Fusion, Post-Bop

For this tight and enjoyable quartet date, bassist Dave Holland spread the composing opportunities around, his sidemen accounting for four of the six pieces. Arguably, none of these musicians ever sounded better, or more adventurous, than when performing in Holland's bands. While the leader himself retreated a good deal from his more routinely avant-garde recordings of the '70s, he appeared unwilling to allow his younger compadres to simply coast, instead evoking probing and thoughtful playing from them. Altoist Steve Coleman derives particular benefit from Holland's supervision, sounding far more fluid and confident than own his own rather more stilted albums.
Bill Frisell - With Dave Holland And Elvin Jones (2001) {Nonesuch}

Bill Frisell - With Dave Holland And Elvin Jones (2001) {Nonesuch}
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Genre: Jazz, Fusion

The mere fact that legendary drummer, Elvin Jones, and bassist Dave Holland are backing guitarist, Bill Frisell makes for an interesting proposition. However, those familiar with Jones and Holland should be aware of their respective faculties as artists who have performed with the creme de al creme of jazz, as their resumes and legacies are well documented. With this release, the rhythm sections' charter is seemingly fabricated upon delving into the leader's musical mindset, and highly individualistic style.