9 Songs, 1 Hour, 14 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dave Holland entered the jazz spotlight as a member of Miles Davis’ ground-breaking electric band in the late 1960s. In the 1970s, the British-born bassist played in the free jazz group Circle and went on to collaborate with numerous other artists. As a bandleader and composer, Holland has led a variety of outfits, including large ensembles, and the sextet on Pass It On — Holland, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, trombonist Robin Eubanks, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, pianist Mulgrew Miller, and drummer Eric Harland — sometimes sounds like a mini-big band thanks to Holland’s sharp writing and arranging. “Fast Track” and “Double Vision” are both hard-burners; this tight group can swing fiercely. Most of the material is straight-ahead, but listen closely and distinctive details start to emerge — the relation of a trombone part to the other horns, and the way a drum pattern shifts for instance. The first section of “Rivers Run,” which is dedicated to the great saxophonist/pianist/composer Sam Rivers, stands out from the other material; here the band leans effectively toward impressionism. And rest assured that Pass It On is brimming with superb solos, including several by Holland.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Dave Holland entered the jazz spotlight as a member of Miles Davis’ ground-breaking electric band in the late 1960s. In the 1970s, the British-born bassist played in the free jazz group Circle and went on to collaborate with numerous other artists. As a bandleader and composer, Holland has led a variety of outfits, including large ensembles, and the sextet on Pass It On — Holland, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, trombonist Robin Eubanks, trumpeter Alex Sipiagin, pianist Mulgrew Miller, and drummer Eric Harland — sometimes sounds like a mini-big band thanks to Holland’s sharp writing and arranging. “Fast Track” and “Double Vision” are both hard-burners; this tight group can swing fiercely. Most of the material is straight-ahead, but listen closely and distinctive details start to emerge — the relation of a trombone part to the other horns, and the way a drum pattern shifts for instance. The first section of “Rivers Run,” which is dedicated to the great saxophonist/pianist/composer Sam Rivers, stands out from the other material; here the band leans effectively toward impressionism. And rest assured that Pass It On is brimming with superb solos, including several by Holland.

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