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Conference of the Birds

Dave Holland Quartet

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Bassist Dave Holland is famous for his work with Miles Davis in the late ‘60s as well as for leading his own bands, which from the ‘80s onward have played a technically demanding brand of post-bop filled with strong melodies and imaginative but accessible arrangements. Yet people tend to forget that he began the ‘70s in the free-jazz supergroup Circle. Here on his 1973 debut as a leader, he calls upon Circle band members Anthony Braxton (horn) and Barry Altschul (drums) as well as regular employer Sam Rivers (horn) for an edgy and often-riveting set of material. In one respect it’s interesting to hear Holland rip through knotty material like “Interception” (and then put a solo on top of it), yet we also get early glimpses of that melodic ear in the folky, flute-driven title track and the slowly emerging “Now Here (Nowhere).” Those who are fans of Holland’s compositionally driven later material will likely dig the peppy “See-Saw” and odd-metered “Four Winds” too. Now this often-overlooked gem has been remastered for iTunes.

Customer Reviews

leads and leads-conference of the birds soars

Out of print for many years, Dave Holland struts his strong bass leads and leads one of the swingingest free jazz sessions of all time. An inimitable classic, overflowing with the warm vibe of Spring, fresh, always interesting, and surprisingly melodic. Do not miss it.

my favorite "free" jazz album

dave holland is the ultimate bass badass. he and barry altschul absolutely lay it down on this album. the melodies on this album are interesting and beautiful. four winds starts out like a newscast, like ron burgundy is about to deliver the news. obviously the mood changes pretty quickly, but that opening line is tight as hell. interception is another awesome melody that reminds me of chick corea or something off sketches of spain. dave's bass on conference of the birds is like an epic lullaby. rivers and braxton are intense but never boring throughout. get this album now!!

Free Jazz at it's best (Free as in Freedom)

I have a love/hate relationship with free jazz...a blues/bebop orientation can lead one to dismiss this music as "noise". BUT...if you can listen with your soul and your heart, this music will grab you. Here we have Sam Rivers and Anthony Braxton on horns, and they fly. But Holland keeps things grounded with his bass lines and Barry Altschul on percussion is amazing (as always).

This is an absolute "must have" for adventerous jazzers (or anyone with a brain and a heart).

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Conference of the Birds, Dave Holland Quartet
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Avant-Garde Jazz
  • Released: Nov 30, 1972

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