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Album Review

For this tight and enjoyable quartet date, bassist Dave Holland spread the composing opportunities around, his sidemen accounting for four of the six pieces. Arguably, none of these musicians ever sounded better, or more adventurous, than when performing in Holland's bands. While the leader himself retreated a good deal from his more routinely avant-garde recordings of the '70s, he appeared unwilling to allow his younger compadres to simply coast, instead evoking probing and thoughtful playing from them. Altoist Steve Coleman derives particular benefit from Holland's supervision, sounding far more fluid and confident than own his own rather more stilted albums. The pieces follow a general head-solos-head format, though with substantial elasticity and enough variation that no sense of sameness settles in. Holland, of course, is masterful throughout, and one can easily imagine simply listening exclusively to his basslines, the amazing imagination they convey, and being very satisfied. One of his better albums from this period, Extensions should please any Holland fan, and is an agreeable and non-threatening jumping in point for the curious.

Customer Reviews

Favorite Jazz Album of All Time

Bold statement yes, and an amazing album. As to my roots: Love coltrane, miles and all the innovators - Holland, here, has taken it to a new level but is true to authentic roots. TThere are some great tracks - from absolutely swinging to cool and mellow. Kevin Eubanks (Jay Leno infamy) plays guitar - FYI and the whole band keeps the motor going with great solos across the board. The first track Nemsis is just kickin - turn it way up for upbeat contempory avant garde jazz that you will play and enjoy over and over. smokin.

great album

this is an ambum definately worth listining to. i would probably pay the price for this album just for the first song "nemisis" this is a great song, with a great bassline, and many other great things about it, haha. and that song is not the only good song on this album for sure, they are all great, and you should buy this album.

Greatest Jazz Album of All Time

I paid twenty dollars for this CD in New York and I was thrilled the first time I heard it. I have played it over and over and it never gets the least bit old. This album even deserves the special edition treatment just like Kind of Blue--that good.

Extensions, Dave Holland Quartet
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Avant-Garde Jazz
  • Released: Sep 1989

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