Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Dave Holland has commanded such respect at the very top levels of American jazz, thanks only in part to his work, beginning in the late 1960s, with Miles Davis and then Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea, and Sam Rivers. As that... more »
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Dave Holland has commanded such respect at the very top levels of American jazz, thanks only in part to his work, beginning in the late 1960s, with Miles Davis and then Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea, and Sam Rivers. As that list suggests, the Englishman set out on his fascinating jazz voyage with some of the best, and he has managed, as a leader, always to gather instrumentalists who, while not necessarily the best-known names, have consistently been extraordinarily talented. That is sparklingly the case here. On such tracks as "Nemesis," which starts as a fairly straight-ahead, funk-vamp piece, both alto saxophonist Steve Coleman and electric guitarist Kevin Eubanks elevate the music with stunning performances. The imagination, vigor, and rhythmic variation of their work--not to mention just the sheer amount of music they generate moment to moment--at times beggars comprehension. The music seems to gush and tumble forth from the interior of such tunes. That effect is, perhaps, the Holland hallmark, and it is amply exemplified here. --Peter Monaghan
Kenneth G. Monroe | Latham, NY USA | 06/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Of all the excellent Dave Holland small group recordings to review, I picked this one. Five stars is redundant and limiting. This recording is one of the most exciting and inspired examples of Mr. Holland's leadership."
MONSTER AND HERE'S HOW
B. Lafave | lakeland , fl | 07/05/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"this consensus downbeat critics winner is built around the anticipation leading up to the phenomenal "the oracle" . isolate it . drink a stout starbucks coffee . wait ten minutes . play the composition stated above . listen to four geniuses (STEVE COLEMAN , KEVIN EUBANKS , MARVIN SMITH and DAVE HOLLAND) take you to an entirely different plane . it's remarkable every time . every time . sans coffee as well . the rest of the album is great as well . imagine these guys live . my god , it's a high . THIS IS "MODERN CREATIVE JAZZ" - a term ron wynn coined (editor of the first all music guide to jazz) . this WILL NOT appeal to the smooth jazz crowd . songs are written by various members ."