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Dave Holland Octet: Pathways (2010)

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With bassist Dave Holland setting up the foundation for the band, during the live taping of Pathways at New York's Birdland in 2009, the rest of the octet paves the way for baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan
Gary Smulyan
Gary Smulyan
b.1956
sax, baritone
to develop the title track in the similar vein to his earlier big band recording What Goes Around (ECM, 2002).

At first it's possible to imagine listening to the entire big band due to the fullness of the sound. Some of its core musicians continue that style with the familiar Holland approach, accentuated by Smulyan as well as saxophonists Chris Potter

Chris Potter
Chris Potter
b.1971
reeds
and Antonio Hart
Antonio Hart
Antonio Hart
b.1968
saxophone
, trombonist Robin Eubanks
Robin Eubanks
Robin Eubanks
b.1955
trombone
, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin
Alex Sipiagin
Alex Sipiagin
b.1967
trumpet
, and vibraphonist Steve Nelson
Steve Nelson
Steve Nelson

vibraphone
.



Admitting that he likes to revisit older tunes with a renewed sense of purpose and creativity, Holland originally performed "How's Never" with the Gateway

, featuring drummer Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
Jack DeJohnette
b.1942
drums
and guitarist John Abercrombie
John Abercrombie
John Abercrombie
b.1944
guitar
, on Homecoming (ECM, 1995). Opening quietly with a bass solo, the piece eventually morphs into a funky, elongated, Maceo Parker
Maceo Parker
Maceo Parker
b.1943
saxophone
-style section dominated by Hart, with the other horn players contributing to the climatic tension. Nate Smith
Nate Smith
Nate Smith
b.1974
drums
then breaks it down with a consistent drum play.



The mood is slowed down a bit on "Sea of Marmara," featuring Potter on soprano, while "Ebb and Flow" showcases Eubanks, ending with everyone improvising in tandem over the rhythm. It's Smulyan's turn on "Blue Jean," where he throws in a "Shadow of Your Smile" reference on this ballad, before passing the baton to Sipiagin on flugelhorn and, later, Steve Nelson's meticulous strokes coming through in the left channel. The trumpeter continues to make a statement with his original "Wind Dance," which includes Hart's pleasant flute complement, to provide depth and musicality.



The closer, "Shadow Dance," was originally recorded by Holland's 1980s quintet on Jumpin' In (ECM, 1984), as well as on What Goes Around. It's the album's longest track, evolving through a steadily forward-moving, polyrhythmic swing.


Track Listing: Pathways; How's Never?; Sea of Marmara; Ebb and Flow; Blue Jean; Wind Dance; Shadow Dance.

Personnel: Dave Holland: bass; Chris Potter: tenor and soprano saxophones; Robin Eubanks: trombone; Steve Nelson: vibraphone, marimba; Nate Smith: drums; Antonio Hart: alto saxophone, flute; Alex Sipiagin: trumpet, flugelhorn; Gary Smulyan: baritone saxophone.

Record Label: Dare2 Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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