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Dave Holland

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PRISM

In the 40 years since Dave Holland’s recording debut as a leader with his landmark recording “Conference of the Birds” he has produced a remarkable series of recordings documenting his musical journey. For “Prism”, his latest recording, he’s assembled a quartet of outstanding players and composers who are also leaders in their own right, Kevin Eubanks on guitar, Craig Taborn on Piano and Fender Rhodes and Eric Harland on Drums. The recording is representative of the wide range of musical references that these musicians incorporate into their music and it features compositions written by each of them for the group.

The album takes the listener through many musical landscapes starting with the infectious funky groove of the Eubanks composition “The Watcher” followed by one of Holland’s compositions, “The Empty Chair”, a soulful blues that hints at references to the music of Jimi Hendrix. Craig Taborn’s “Spirals” creates an intriguing setting for the group that moves through a series of dramatically changing musical developments and Eric Harland’s hauntingly beautiful composition “Breathe” provides a musical space that seems to suspend time.

Dave Holland’s groups have always reflected a collaborative spirit with the goal of creating a musical context that allows the musicians to express their individual creativity. “Prism” brings together four musicians who are each forging their own musical path and together have created a unique and contemporary musical statement on this recording.

Dave Holland Quintet :

DAVE HOLLAND acoustic bass
CHRIS POTTER sax
ROBIN EUBANKS trombone
STEVE NELSON vibraphone
NATE SMITH drums

Dave Holland and Pepe Habichuela Flamenco project

HANDS

The spark came a couple of years ago and now comes the fire. The guitar player from Granada, Pepe Habichuela, and the British double-bass player Dave Holland gave a masterclass of jazz and flamenco fusion on a legendary stage, the "Johnny" (Colegio Mayor San Juan Evangelista), and have laid the groundwork for a future recording project.

Respect, admiration and genius in the hands of two brave artists committed to their music. Can a double-bass play bulerías ?
The answer to this surreal question is a definitive yes given by the jazz double-bass player Dave Holland. A veteran British musician, that played with Miles Davis in the 60s, has managed this thanks to his collaboration with the master guitar player Pepe Habichuela, a unique feat, for such an unflamenco instrument like the double-bass to sound jondo, with top beat and quejío (lament).