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Dave Holland: Uncharted Territories

Read "Uncharted Territories" reviewed by Don Phipps

Bassist extraordinaire Dave Holland's album Uncharted Territories embraces the avantgarde creed of exploration and innovation over chord progressions. Along with master musicians saxophonist Evan Parker, keyboardist Craig Taborn, and percussionist Ches Smith, Holland and crew fashion one sonic twist after the next in a progression of 23 tracks, 20 of which are recorded improvisations.

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Aziza: Aziza

Read "Aziza" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

How do you define Aziza? Is it a collective-minded outfit? A supergroup? An offshoot or variant on previous gatherings? An archetype for musical synergy? A nod-in-name to African mythology and spiritual discovery? Yes, it's all of that. But why not avoid the traps and trappings involved with classification and just cut to the chase: Aziza is ...

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Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland: Aziza

Read "Aziza" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Se dovessi scegliere il brano per me più elettrizzante dal disco di questo super gruppo non esiterei a consigliare l'ultimo: “Sleepless Night," un concentrato di energia ritmico/percussiva al calor bianco, esaltata dal lungo confronto tra il tenore di Chris Potter e la chitarra (in questo caso distorta) di Lionel Loueke.

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Dave Holland: Prism

Read "Dave Holland: Prism" reviewed by John Kelman

Two instruments that bassist Dave Holland has rarely incorporated into his projects have been piano and guitar, his only guitar-centric album coming sixteen years after his first release as a leader, Conference of the Birds (ECM, 1973), when he recruited Kevin Eubanks for a particularly powerful set on Extensions (ECM, 1989). It took Holland even longer--nearly ...

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Dave Holland: Prism

Read "Prism" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bassist Dave Holland first became a leader-on-record with Conference Of The Birds (ECM, 1973), a now-classic outré quartet session. That initial leader date portrayed Holland as a restless seeker, willing and eager to explore the inner workings of group dynamics and the outer reaches of convention, and he's done little to alter that perception of himself ...

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Dave Holland: Prism

Read "Prism" reviewed by J Hunter

Although über-bassist Dave Holland made his bones with one of Miles Davis' early electric bands, the lion's share of the British native's own music has come from the acoustic side of the scale. As such, longtime Holland fans will receive a major shock with their first listen to Prism. Those fans will need open ears and ...

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Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela: Hands

Read "Hands" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

The music on Hands, featuring stellar turns primarily from Spanish guitarist Pepe Habichuela and British-born bassist Dave Holland, is quite simply one of the most captivating on record. It is completely an alternative to style, to mere virtuosity, and to angelic grace and charm, as dictated by a muse. This music is the epitomé of the ...

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Dave Holland - Pepe Habichuela: Hands

Read "Hands" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Nella sua lunghissima carriera il bassista inglese Dave Holland ha sempre dimostrato di essere pronto a mettersi al servizio di ogni buon progetto che la sorte e la lungimiranza gli hanno fatto incrociare. Le sue straordinarie doti artistiche non sono disgiunte dalle sue eccellenti doti umane e i suoi sodalizi godono di questa fortunata combinazione che non sempre ci è ...

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Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela: Hands

Read "Hands" reviewed by John Kelman

Sometimes the best indicator of an artist's versatility is in the side projects they accept. Bassist Dave Holland's career could hardly be described as monolithic, with his discography as a leader--ranging from his quintet (Critical Mass (Dare2, 2006)) to his big band (Overtime (Dare2, 2005)) --nothing short of but exemplary. Still, some of the most unexpected ...

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Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela: Hands

Read "Hands" reviewed by Chris May

Centuries old, an accretion of musics absorbed by north Indian migrants as they travelled, one stream through the Balkans, the other through the Maghreb, towards their final desination in southern Spain, flamenco is not easy for a non-Gypsy convincingly to perform. Intricately codified, rich in lore and tradition, its broad mannerisms can be mimicked quickly enough, ...