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Billy Kilson: Nasty Pitch

Read "Billy Kilson: Nasty Pitch" reviewed by Trish Richardson

Here's the wind up. And the pitch. Whoa, did you see that one folks? That pitch was just nasty. In baseball, occasionally a ball gets thrown by the pitcher that is so good, so perfectly placed, so unbelievable, the announcer calls it nasty. The opposing batter doesn't have much chance of hitting it, but ...


Article: Live Review

TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Days 1-3: June 23-25, 2011

Read "TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Days 1-3: June 23-25, 2011" reviewed by Alain Londes

TD Toronto Jazz Festival 2011Toronto, CanadaJune 24-July 3, 2011 2011 marked the 25th anniversary for a festival that is a key stopping point for artists coming to Canada. Organizers always have to strike the right balance when booking top names and other talented international artists. A key change from previous ...


Article: Live Review

Dave Holland Quintet at Birdland, April 20, 2010

Read "Dave Holland Quintet at Birdland, April 20, 2010" reviewed by David Miller

Dave Holland QuintetBirdlandNew York, NYApril 20, 2010The Dave Holland Quintet (DHQ) is one of those rarest of things in jazz--a working group. These days, due to a number of factors (cough$$cough), jazz musicians are spread very thin in terms of the number of projects they participate in. They jump fluidly from ...


Article: Year in Review

J Hunter's Best Jazz Discs of 2009

Read "J Hunter's Best Jazz Discs of 2009" reviewed by J Hunter

It's that time again--the season for relentless bell-ringers, wild-eyed consumers, and end-of-year countdown lists. The latter category can actually be helpful for last-minute shoppers who want to give someone “the best of everything." However, a little background info never hurts the buying process. As such, here's one more countdown for Best Jazz Discs of 2009. #10 ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Holland Quintet: Critical Mass

Read "Critical Mass" reviewed by Joel Roberts

Bassist extraordinaire Dave Holland believes that like fine wine, music shouldn't be unbottled before its time. Holland and his highly regarded quintet spent a year and a half honing and retooling the music on their new album until it reached the point he calls “critical mass, where “it has become what it's going to be.


Article: Album Review

Dave Holland Quintet: Critical Mass

Read "Critical Mass" reviewed by Nic Jones

This particular lineup of Dave Holland's longstanding quintet had apparently been working for eighteen months prior to recording this disc, and that simple fact oozes out of every note played. There is a level of cohesion and empathy here that arguably can come only from such longstanding associations. Holland is anything but despotic in his leadership ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Holland Quintet: Critical Mass

Read "Critical Mass" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been five years since the last studio record by Dave Holland's quintet. But between touring on its own and as the core of Holland's big band, which was responsible for the outstanding Overtime (Dare2, 2005), the unit shows no sign of slowing down. Critical Mass proves that when the chemistry is right, even longstanding bands ...


Article: Live Review

Dave Holland Quintet at the Outremont Theatre

Read "Dave Holland Quintet at the Outremont Theatre" reviewed by John Kelman

Dave Holland Quintet Outremont Theatre Montreal, Canada October 2, 2004 In their first appearance in Montreal since the summer of '02, bassist Dave Holland's longstanding quintet made a couple of changes. First, drummer Billy Kilson, who left the group approximately a year ago, has been replaced by Nate Smith, a ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Holland Quintet: Extended Play/Live at Birdland

Read "Extended Play/Live at Birdland" reviewed by AAJ Staff

This group just doesn't put out a bad record, so it's hard to look at something new without some expectations. Bassist Dave Holland has led this particular quintet for six active years and four records, the latest of which is a live double set where the tunes stretch out around 12 minutes each. One would think ...


Article: Album Review

Dave Holland Quintet: Not For Nothin'

Read "Not For Nothin'" reviewed by David Adler

The follow-up to last year’s Prime Directive is another must-hear. Once again, Dave Holland turns to each of his bandmates for writing contributions, considerably expanding the rhythmic and harmonic palette of the quintet. Chris Potter’s irrepressible “Lost and Found" may just be one of the best jazz tracks of our day. Robin Eubanks’s “Global Citizen," the ...


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