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Over the course of a career that dates back to the ‘60s, jazz bassist Dave Holland has played in numerous settings including Miles Davis’s groundbreaking electric group and the avant outfit Circle. In recent years, his music making is more straight-ahead than it once was, but he’s still exploring, and on Hands, he teams up with the flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela to create rooted but expansive flamenco. The album isn’t a superficial fusion; Holland enters a new musical world and finds a place for himself. On “Subi la Cuesta,” his wonderfully intoned bass lines mesh with the guitars, percussion, and handclaps, and he also turns in a fine solo. “Camaron’ is a riveting back-and-forth exchange between bass and guitar; one is reminded of bassist Charlie Haden’s work with Spanish-flavored material. There are two Holland originals that move away from flamenco: “The Whirling Dervish” and “Joyride.” The former track has a breezy Latin-jazz quality and some nice percussion workouts, while the latter features an Afro-Cuban groove and another solo by Holland. Hands closes with “My Friend Dave,” a solo instrumental solea that honors the bass player.

Customer Reviews

Classical Guitar with a dash of jazz.

Joyride is a breezy latin jazz number, but much of the album is lovely classical guitar. I liked Hands.

very good album

High-caliber music!

Flamenco meets Jazz!!

What a fantastic fusion of styles. The wonderful sound of Flamenco with one of its true masters, Pepe Habichuela, and Jazz standup Bass master Dave Holland. Every song is new and inventive, what a joy to listen to, and to share with others. The recording is great, you can feel as well as hear the joy in each musician. Highly recommended.


Born: October 1, 1946 in Wolverhampton, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Dave Holland is of a generation of bassists who, in the '60s and '70s, built upon the innovations of slightly older players like Scott LaFaro, Gary Peacock, and Barre Phillips, carrying the instrument to yet another new level of creativity. Along with contemporaries like Eddie Gómez, Miroslav Vitous, and Barry Guy, Holland helped refine and extend the melodic possibilities of the cumbersome double bass. In Holland's case, those refinements never lost touch with the core verities of straight-ahead...
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