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  • John Kelman wrote on September 27, 2008 report

    Posted on behalf of Michael Epstein

    Dave Holland Sextet
    Regattabar
    Boston, Massachusetts
    September 18, 2008

    The Dave Holland Sextet recently performed for three nights at the Regattabar. The first set drew a strong crowd that had come to see the bassist perform music from his new CD, Pass it On (Universal AB, 2008). The group featured alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, and drummer Eric Harland. (On the new recording, pianist Mulgrew Miller replaces Steve Nelson).

    Opening up the set was the composition, "Eb and Flow," which featured straight-eighth note playing and well-executed horn arrangements. This was followed by "Lazy Snake," a slow blues tune on which Alex Sipiagin dazzled the crowd with impressive chops. Antonio Hart brought the room to attention on Holland's tune, "Rivers Run." This freely inspired composition was dedicated to Sam Rivers, with whom Holland had often played in the 1970s. Drummer Eric Harland took an extended solo as well, which had both audience members as well as band mates cheering.

    The Dave Holland Sextet is scheduled to finish the month of September in San Francisco and Oakland before returning to New York's Birdland in October.