When Dave Holland forms a new group, people listen. The band or album may be new, but it's always the same genius. Pathways marks the recording debut of the Dave Holland Octet and the fourth album to be released on Holland's own Dare2 label. The players should be familiar to jazz fans: Chris Potter (tenor, soprano), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Steve Nelson (vibes, marimba), and Nate Smith (drums). Added to the front-line are other Holland collaborators Antonio Hart (alto), Alex Sipiagin (trumpet), and Gary Smulyan (baritone). Holland returned to New York's Birdland to record Pathways - capturing this incredible group of improvisers in full flight. Limited to 1000 copies, and designed by Grammy-award winning package designer Susan Archie (Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton, Albert Ayler: Holy Ghost), this edition of Pathways comes in a 5" x 7" lidded box, containing six postcard-sized reproductions of classic Dave Holland concert posters designed by Niklaus Troxler, including a poster commemorating the Dave Holland Octet's recording of Pathways live at Birdland in 2009, and posters for concerts by Gateway, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, and Ron Carter. This set of 6 "postcard" posters, printed on board stock, are belly-banded and include an appreciation of Niklaus Troxler's work by his long-time friend and associate, Holland. The CD comes in a 4-panel folder decorated with Troxler's art as well.