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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.

Customer Reviews

A change of personnel, not of quality

Holland earns the title of 'most consistent' over the last few years. The last configuration, particularly when Potter was in the band, was hard to beat. Now, with Eubanks the main holdover, not much has changed in terms of his ability to deliver outstanding modern music with major nods to the past. If there was any true justice in the world, Fast Track might be the #1 song on jazz radio charts (if such a thing really exists). Not sure if this configuration is touring, but if so, that is one show not to be missed. And neither is this record, from start to finish superb. The jazz release of the year so far-the one to play for your relatives who wonder what you see in modern music.

Another success for Dave Holland

I have only listened to the album one time. Dave's music is so rich and multi-layered that I need to hear it quite a few times to absorb the many facets. So far, I like it, but I miss the slammin' odd time signatures and aggressive jamming of the quintet. This may be more accessible to fans of more straight-ahead jazz. Fans of the big-band will dig it.

why not iTunes Plus?

how is it possible a new release from the consistently most-highly-rated jazz bassist and his new band is NOT available DRM-free? Why is Apple working so hard to ensure the demise of iTunes?

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