DAVE HOLLAND

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Dave Holland (born October 1, 1946) is a British jazz bassist and composer who is a significant representative of avant-garde jazz.

Born in Wolverhampton, England, Holland learned to play bass as a child, and spent three years studying the instrument at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. By 1967 he was a regular player at Ronnie Scott's, the premier jazz club in London, backing visiting musicians. He was also involved in the London free improvisation scene around the drummer John Stevens, and performed on the Spontaneous Music Ensemble's classic 1968 album Karyobin. That same year, Miles Davis and Philly Joe Jones heard him playing at Ronnie Scott's, and Jones told Holland that Davis wanted him to join his band (replacing Ron Carter). Davis left the UK before Holland could contact him directly, and two weeks later Holland was given three days' notice to fly to New York for an
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DAVE HOLLAND Discography

DAVE HOLLAND albums / top albums

DAVE HOLLAND Music From Two Basses (with  Barre Phillips) album cover 3.56 | 6 ratings
Music From Two Basses (with Barre Phillips)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
DAVE HOLLAND David Holland Quartet ‎: Conference Of The Birds album cover 4.25 | 14 ratings
David Holland Quartet ‎: Conference Of The Birds
Avant-Garde Jazz 1973
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland & Sam Rivers, Vol. 1 album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Dave Holland & Sam Rivers, Vol. 1
Avant-Garde Jazz 1976
DAVE HOLLAND Emerald Tears album cover 4.07 | 7 ratings
Emerald Tears
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978
DAVE HOLLAND Life Cycle album cover 4.08 | 6 ratings
Life Cycle
Third Stream 1983
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Jumpin' In album cover 3.56 | 5 ratings
Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Jumpin' In
Post Bop 1984
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quintet : Seeds Of Time album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Dave Holland Quintet : Seeds Of Time
Post Bop 1985
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quintet ‎: The Razor's Edge album cover 4.12 | 4 ratings
Dave Holland Quintet ‎: The Razor's Edge
Post Bop 1987
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Trio w/ Steve Coleman, Jack DeJohnette ‎: Triplicate album cover 4.00 | 5 ratings
Dave Holland Trio w/ Steve Coleman, Jack DeJohnette ‎: Triplicate
Post Bop 1988
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quartet : Extensions album cover 4.06 | 9 ratings
Dave Holland Quartet : Extensions
Eclectic Fusion 1990
DAVE HOLLAND Ones All album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Ones All
Post Bop 1995
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quartet : Dream Of The Elders album cover 3.75 | 4 ratings
Dave Holland Quartet : Dream Of The Elders
Post Bop 1996
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Points Of View album cover 3.58 | 5 ratings
Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Points Of View
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1998
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Prime Directive album cover 4.38 | 8 ratings
Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Prime Directive
Post Bop 1999
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Not For Nothin' album cover 4.12 | 8 ratings
Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Not For Nothin'
Post Bop 2001
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Big Band ‎: What Goes Around album cover 4.33 | 6 ratings
Dave Holland Big Band ‎: What Goes Around
Progressive Big Band 2002
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Big Band: Overtime album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Dave Holland Big Band: Overtime
Progressive Big Band 2005
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Critical Mass album cover 3.17 | 3 ratings
Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Critical Mass
Post Bop 2006
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Sextet ‎: Pass It On album cover 3.40 | 5 ratings
Dave Holland Sextet ‎: Pass It On
Post Bop 2008
DAVE HOLLAND Hands (with  Pepe Habichuela) album cover 3.48 | 4 ratings
Hands (with Pepe Habichuela)
World Fusion 2010
DAVE HOLLAND Prism album cover 3.52 | 5 ratings
Prism
Fusion 2013
DAVE HOLLAND Aziza album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Aziza
Fusion 2016
DAVE HOLLAND Uncharted Territories album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Uncharted Territories
Avant-Garde Jazz 2018
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain and Chris Potter : Good Hope album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain and Chris Potter : Good Hope
World Fusion 2019

DAVE HOLLAND EPs & splits

DAVE HOLLAND live albums

DAVE HOLLAND Improvisations for Cello and Guitar (with  Derek Bailey) album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Improvisations for Cello and Guitar (with Derek Bailey)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1971
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Extended Play - Live at Birdland album cover 4.39 | 9 ratings
Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Extended Play - Live at Birdland
Post Bop 2003
DAVE HOLLAND Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (with Rubalcaba/Potter/Harland) album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (with Rubalcaba/Potter/Harland)
Post Bop 2009
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Octet ‎: Pathways album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Dave Holland Octet ‎: Pathways
Post Bop 2010
DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quintet : Archive Series Vol. 1 - DHQ '07 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dave Holland Quintet : Archive Series Vol. 1 - DHQ '07
Post Bop 2010

DAVE HOLLAND demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

DAVE HOLLAND re-issues & compilations

DAVE HOLLAND Conferences album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Conferences
Post Bop 1998
DAVE HOLLAND Selected Recordings album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Selected Recordings
Post Bop 2004

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Dave Holland Quintet - Live from Zeit-Musik Festival
Post Bop 2005

DAVE HOLLAND Reviews

DAVE HOLLAND Uncharted Territories

Album · 2018 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Possibly “Uncharted Territories”, and its emphasis on free improvisation, is a bit of a nostalgia trip for Dave Holland. Back in the late 60s, Holland had performed with saxophonist Evan Parker in John Steven’s Spontaneous Music Ensemble, and although Holland would go on to leave the ‘free scene’, Parker made a career of it. Some time in recent years, Holland contacted Parker about the two of them recording some free duets like back in the day. As Dave reflected on this proposed endeavor, possibly he was drawn to another avant-garde memory, the group Circle he performed in with Chick Corea and Anthony Braxton, because when Holland decided to add Craig Taborn and Ches Smith to he and Evan’s recording date, he re-created an ensemble quite similar to the original Circle.

The tracks on “Uncharted Territories” are almost entirely spontaneous improvisations, with just a few tracks featuring some pre-conceived composition. To keep things interesting, the musicians vary the lineups for the sessions into various ensembles of 2,3, or 4 people. The tracks are usually fairly short by free improv standards and feature a wide variety of music. This is a very versatile and talented foursome, so the music can vary from interesting sound sculptures to quiet chamber passages to be-bop gone berserk and all out free jazz explosions. The integrity of the musicians involved shines through as they very carefully interact with each other.

This is a very good modern free jazz album, yet somehow disappointing too. Especially with a modernist like Taborn on board, one might expect something a little different from a classic free session. Electronics are listed in Craig’s instrument arsenal and yet they barely make an appearance. Judging by the musicians and instruments listed, it would be easy to expect some modern sound exploration and compositional constructs, and that does happen occasionally, but as mentioned earlier, this recording may be a lot about Holland’s attempt to re-visit his past.

DAVE HOLLAND Prism

Album · 2013 · Fusion
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Dave Holland started out his career performing on some of the most vital early fusion albums created, but since then has not returned to that style often, until now. “Prism” marks a return to fusion for Holland, but in styles different from what he helped create with Miles and others back in the late 60s. The first two cuts on here feature guitarist Kevin Eubanks and sound like something from the late 70s when heavily distorted guitar shredders ruled the day, but on “Spirals”, the band moves into more of a free session with the avant-garde leaning pianist Craig Taborn leading the way. “Choir” is a sort of calypso with a constantly modulating melody sounding a bit like Ornette Coleman's Prime Time, and “The Color of Iris” presents a more introspective side of the band.

The playing on this CD is excellent, with the more modern sensibilities of Taborn and drummer Eric Harland keeping “Prism” from sounding like a relic from the 70s, although Eubank’s skills on guitar will not disappoint the fusion fan looking for some fretboard fireworks. Continuing with the tracks, “A New Day” gets jazzy with a free flowing post bop swing and acoustic piano solos from Taborn. Of the remaining cuts, the most interesting moment on this CD happens in the middle of “The True Meaning of Determination” when the rhythm breaks down and Taborn and Harland exchange broken sounding rhythmic figures sounding like a drum machine beat being quantified. It’s a striking effect and probably difficult to pull off. “Breathe” closes the CD with more quiet stillness and some nice piano work.

As mentioned earlier, the playing on here is outstanding with a nice abstract modern influence, but not all of the songs on here are all that memorable. As is often the case with fusion albums, the songs seem merely too exist so the musicians can cut to the solos.

DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Prime Directive

Album · 1999 · Post Bop
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Excellent album, this is one of my most listened to jazz albums. There is something about the mood here. Holland's bass is undeniable, he is, of course, one of the greats. But between the horns and the percussion and marimbas, my mind is just taken to another world. This kind of music is usually played on a rainy day, or late at night. It just has that feel to it.

90s jazz has usually been something I haven't been into much, aside from a few exceptions, but this album leaves me wanting more. If you like post-bop, but with a whole lot of creativity, a little groove, and excellent players, this is the album to check out. One of Dave's best albums in the last 20 years.

DAVE HOLLAND Hands (with Pepe Habichuela)

Album · 2010 · World Fusion
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Quite an unusual album for Dave Holland or better to say - Spanish flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela album with some help from Dave Holland. Both musicians played some concerts together in 2007 and later decided to return and record their music as an album. Their accompanying musicians are almost the same as during their earlier concerts - Carlos and Josemi Carmonas on acoustic guitars and percussionists Israel "Piraña" Porrina and Juan Carmona.

As you can expect, the music on this album is mostly flamenco with three acoustic guitarists, two percussionists and Dave Holland on bass. Possibly the best way to imagine this is to just think about the well-known McLaughlin/Di Meola/De Lucia "Friday Nights..", but "Hands" not only has three acoustic guitars, but also a three-member rhythm section as well.

A great thing with this album is it is recorded by authentic Spanish music artists, many of whom come from families of flamenco musicians where the musical tradition is passed from generation to generation. It gives the musicians a very natural and deep understanding of the material. None of this sounds like folkloric adaptations for tourists. To be honest, there is not much space to hear Holland's bass, but the whole album sounds like a really great release for fans of acoustic guitar music.

DAVE HOLLAND Dave Holland Quintet ‎: Jumpin' In

Album · 1984 · Post Bop
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After the series of full avant-garde solo works in 70s, British bassist and one-time Miles Davis collaborator turned his direction to more post-bop sound. This album is debut release of his formed quintet, he will continue this project for years ahead.

Besides of Holland's bass, quintet contains drummer and three-pieces reeds section (incl. adventurous trombonist Julian Priester). Musically album's compositions (all of them but one are Holland's originals) could be placed somewhere between his avant-garde past and post-bop future. Reeds are on the absolute front of all musicianship with plenty of soloing, interesting interplays,etc. Rhythm section is competent, but too often sounds more as support team for brass. Taking its well framed structure from post-bop, there are enough space for free soloing (especially for all three reed players).

Much more accessible listening than Holland's earlier works, this album is far from too casual post bop recording. Still as for year 1983 I would prefer more modern sound, there are too many roots as for my taste.For fans of adventurous post-bop this album could be really nice listening (it is often described in jazz media as best Holland's release ever).

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