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Album Review

As he gained more and more respect and critical recognition in the early years of the 21st century, Dave Holland took a leap and expanded his music outward into a big band format. The word "expanded" is key here, for what Holland has mostly done on What Goes Around is send his quintet format through an expansion process, where there are more pieces in the puzzle, yet the same overall conception of sound remains. All but one of the pieces here are rewrites of earlier, previously recorded selections, dating from 1983 all the way to 2000. All of the charts are composed with a sureness and a grounding in tradition that belies the fact that this is Holland's first big band album. And all maintain the same intelligence in conception, spareness of texture, and crystalline detail, as Holland's small-group recordings for ECM, despite the obvious harmonic elaborations. For example, in "What Goes Around" — which appeared on Holland's previous album, Not For Nothin' — the ostinato-driven horizontal structure is basically the same, allowing for some fills by the ensemble, and despite the additional harmonic content, the vertical texture is similar, too. The main difference is that there is more urgency and more tension in the music now, which is most apparent in "The Razor's Edge," "Shadow Dance," and the only new composition, "Upswing." The Dave Holland Big Band includes tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, trombonist Robin Eubanks , vibraphonist Steve Nelson, and drummer Billy Kilson return to form the core of this big band — as does flute/alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, who toured with Holland's group after these tracks were cut. These and several other players in the big band get plenty of room to solo — and they do so with taste and occasional fire. This CD marks the addition of another fine big band to the ranks, though it does more for the evolution of Holland's music than for the big band idiom itself. ~ Richard S. Ginell, Rovi

Customer Reviews

My first Dave Holland music

I've had this CD for a few years and I find myself listening to it more and more, along with other recordings of Holland's various groups. I like the "avant-garde" jumble of sounds and when the group hits on a melody, the music is especially sweet. I wouldn't recommend it for a "first-timer" as much of the sounds are not mellow or even comfortable for "background" listening. These songs demand your attention!

Thank you Dave Holland!

This music takes you somewhere and puts you right in the middle, leaving you to gaze in wonder at the panorama of sound. The colors of jazz can be painted so vividly with the big band, and these new, modern takes (Gordon Goodwin too) just show what *could* be in jazz, now that it has come kind of full circle in a sense. In other words, what would have happened if the big bands had not gone away (or at least faded into the background of jazz)? People like Mingus and Gil Evans certainly took the big bands into new emotional places, but works like this one right here are all too rare in today's world. Let's hope for more music like this!

really good big band

Dave Holland is amazing and he surrounds himself with the best. Chris Potter and Robin Eubanks are the best of their generation on their respective instruments. Great arranging and compositions. must buy for any jazz fan.

What Goes Around, Dave Holland Big Band
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Sep 10, 2002

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