264

Dave Holland Quintet: Not For Nothin'

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Dave Holland Quintet: Not For Nothin' Drawing a musical map clarifies the lineage of bands and places them in history. Dave Holland’s Quintet can be traced directly to Miles Davis’ ‘second great quintet’ of Davis/Shorter/Carter/Hancock/Williams. In 1968, Holland, then a young bassist of 21 years, was playing with former Miles Davis pianist Bill Evans and future Davis drummer Jack DeJohnette. Miles asked him to replace the departing Ron Carter. Holland’s tenure with Miles (and Evans) bridged both post-bop modal music and jazz-fusion. He later left Miles to pursue a kind of free-jazz in the band Circle with Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, and Barry Altschul. When Holland formed his current quintet in 1997, its direct reference to Miles’ ‘second great quintet’ could not be overlooked. Although the instrumentation is radically different, the group concept is indistinguishable. Like Tony Williams, drummer Billy Kilson is the foundation and engine that drives this quintet. His jazz drumming draws liberally from rock, soul, and funk to open the possibilities of their music. Like Davis’ band, there is no apparent leader with each musician alternately directing or supporting each other. Not For Nothin’ builds upon the success of last year’s Prime Directive with nine tracks of structured possibilities. Each musician adds compositions to this recording. Kilson’s “Billows Of Rhythm” features a plethora of time changes and a furious saxophone solo by Chris Potter. Holland’s “Shifting Sands” begins with Steve Nelson on marimba and goes on to massage a softer vibe. Where this band excels is in the freedom these tight compositions allow. Trombonist Robin Eubank’s “Global Citizen” is a tight post-bop rhythm piece that opens with the band working the theme into an open structure for soloists.

Holland’s quintet, like Miles Davis’ band of the mid-sixties, delivers an unassailable package of studio recordings. These recording merely hint at the genius of this quintet in a live setting. Perhaps Mr. Eicher at ECM will take his recording equipment on the road to catch this band as it stretches out on some of these excellent tunes.


Track Listing: Global Citizen; For All You Are; Lost And Found; Shifting Sands; Billows Of Rhythm; What Goes Around; Go Fly A Kite; Not For Nothin

Personnel: Dave Holland

Year Released: 2002 | Record Label: ECM Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Lovers" CD/LP/Track Review Lovers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 23, 2016
Read "En Rouge" CD/LP/Track Review En Rouge
by Mark Sullivan
Published: March 6, 2016
Read "Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth" CD/LP/Track Review Everybody Has A Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth
by Doug Collette
Published: August 15, 2016
Read "Winds Of Mouth" CD/LP/Track Review Winds Of Mouth
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 8, 2016
Read "Lovers" CD/LP/Track Review Lovers
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 20, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!