Wayne Shorter and Dave Holland at Carnegie Hall
With Holland on bass, the group also included Steve Nelson on vibes, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Nate Smith on drums and stand-out participant Chris Potter on soprano saxophone, whose solo during "Easy Did It" was a true highlight of the entire night, with swinging command and virtuosity. What the Holland group does do, in keeping the modern nature of today's jazz growing and evolving, is turn the idea of a "quintet" on its ear with the substitutions of vibes and trombone (two more obscure instruments) in the mix.
Perhaps comparing two different bands like the Holland Quintet and the Shorter Quartet is an unfair idea. Save for their sharing of the night's bill, the two bands are drastically different in their respective approaches to both their sound and to performance. But what would be fair to say is that the love and appreciation of jazz and its evolution is most certainly present in both groups of musicians. And in seeing the enthusiasm from the Carnegie audience (an assortment of young fans in their early teens to the older ones in their seventies), it's all part of a mutual appreciation society.