Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Bassist Dave Holland has always brought top-shelf bands to the stage, and the quintet on Prime Directive is no exception. Saxophonist Chris Potter is on board, replacing Steve Wilson and linking arms with trombonist Robin ... more »
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Bassist Dave Holland has always brought top-shelf bands to the stage, and the quintet on Prime Directive is no exception. Saxophonist Chris Potter is on board, replacing Steve Wilson and linking arms with trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, and drummer Billy Kilson. Together, the quintet performs phenomenally tight on their complex charts, with Kilson playing matchmaker between the complicated orchestrations and the deceptively simple-sounding melodies. Holland has his customary rumble, packed with precision and a peerless sense of forward direction. Five of the tunes are the leader's, all of them highlighted by ECM records' crystalline production aesthetic. Eubanks and Potter take flighty, heady solos and play unison lines with Nelson's vibes, marking a middle ground that's both a center of focus and a curious light shining back on the rest of the band. Aside from Holland's five compositions, each band member also adds one of his own tunes, making the album at once diverse and remarkably coherent. --Andrew Bartlett
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db-van | Chicago, IL United States | 09/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you're familiar with the Dave Holland Quintet, you probably aren't reading this. I'm writing this review for those of you who aren't familiar with Holland and who may be into straight-ahead jazz new and old. What I have to say is this: If you're thinking of trying out something fresh that is rooted in tradition but is also very modern and unique (like I was when I bought this), you may enjoy this disc, or even come to love it. I'm not kidding. The music is complex yet accessible, refined yet funky, melodic without being cloying. The group's musicianship is impeccable. Plus, the album never gets old, listen after listen. I've had it 6 months and have easily listened to it all the way through over fifty times. (Gee, maybe it's time I bought more CDs?) Seriously, though, open up and try this one out."
Industrial strength modern jazz
Mark Diamond | Sydney, NSW Australia | 03/31/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm sure that USA readers of this review won't mind me saying that American jazz fans are fairly conservative-which is reflected by so many of the jazz musicians who score recording contracts. But this wonderful CD by Dave Holland and his group show that you can make exciting melodious modern jazz without simply repeating the past. Enough lecturing! This is just great music. Rythmically innovative and tuneful to boot with solos that burn. What else do you want. BUY IT! I'd give it 5 stars but i need one left over in case Dave's next album is better."
Stunning, Brilliant, Dave Holland Has Outdone Himself
Greg Randolph | Johnson City, Tennessee United States | 12/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To put it quite simply, this album is a landmark recording and the quintessential Quintet recording of the past decade. I own every solo recording by Dave Holland and it seems as if he is one of the few artists who strives to elevate his music with each new outing. "Prime Directive" features Holland on double-bass, the brilliant tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone work of Chris Potter, the ever powerful trombone of Robin Eubanks (take that brother Kev), the sweet vibe and marimba sounds of Steve Nelson, and the rock solid drumming of Billy Kilson. Each of the eight cuts off of this nearly 77 minute outing is a masterpiece in and of itself. No artist attempts to out play the others. It's a "true" quintet and team effort. Make this disc a must have and trust me when I say, listening to this disc proves that jazz is alive and healthy and this group just ran a marathon with this one... Greg Randolph"