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DAVE HOLLAND SEXTET - BLUE NOTE DEBUT AS BANDLEADER

2007-08-25
Showtime: 8:00PM
Doors Open at 6:00PM

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Don't miss the chance to see this spetacular ensemble during Dave Holland's Blue Note Debut as a bandleader!


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Dave Holland Sextet
FEATURING:
Robin Eubanks, trombone
Alex "Sasha" Sipiagin, trumpet
Antonio Hart, alto saxophone
Mulgrew Miller, piano
Eric Harland, drums
Dave Holland, bass

At the pinnacle of his career, Dave Holland has settled into the unassuming role of jazz master. The multi-award and poll-winning bassist, composer, arranger and bandleader leads two of the most vibrant groups in jazz: the Dave Holland Quintet and the Dave Holland Big Band. He has collaborated in two of the top jazz collectives of the decade: the ScoLoHoFo quartet comprised of Holland, John Scofield, Joe Lovano and Al Foster and the Herbie Hancock-piloted all-star quartet including Wayne Shorter and Brian Blade.

Though he's too busy to be fully engaged in outside projects, Holland has played on recent Roy Haynes albums and recorded trio dates with such leaders as Geri Allen and Kenny Wheeler-all outings that he says he could not pass up. He even has taken his recording career into his own hands, launching his own label imprint, Dare2 Records in 2005 (distributed by Sunnyside in the U.S., Universal Music Jazz France internationally), after a fertile three-decades-plus association with ECM Records.

A onetime sideman with two titans of jazz, Thelonious Monk (a short tenure) and Miles Davis (a seminal experience during the trumpeter's Bitches Brew era), Holland made his debut as a leader in the early 1970s. He broke in as a leader with Music for Two Basses (1971) with Barre Phillips and Conference of the Birds (1972) with a band featuring Sam Rivers and Anthony Braxton. Holland also expanded his work as a side musician to include recording with a diversity of artists such as Bonnie Raitt (Give It Up, 1972), John Hartford (Morning Bugle, 1972) and Lee Konitz (Satori, 1974).

In recent years, his recording career has continued to flourish, recording such milestone albums as his quintet CD, Extended Play: Live at Birdland (2003) and two Grammy-winning big band discs, What Goes Around (2002) and the potent follow-up Overtime (2005). Continuing this impressive creative streak into 2006, Holland released a new quintet album, entitled Critical Mass. The album is the first new studio recording by the Dave Holland Quintet to be released in over five years and marks drummer Nate Smith's debut recording with the band.

Not willing to rest on his laurels, Holland is committed to taking his music to new plateaus. "I want to continue to stay engaged in my work," he says. "I want it to develop. That's what keeps me interested and involved. I don't want to perform night after night and play in a routine. I want the music to be alive and real. I want to be enthusiastic. By extension, that translates to the audience."

Bass solos can be deadly, but in Holland's hands, the instrument sings. DeJohnette marvels at his musicianship in this setting: "Dave is one of a few bassists who can get an audience on their feet during a solo. He learned from Miles to have a point of view in his playing." Singling out Bach's sonatas, Holland says that he's carrying on a stringed instrument tradition: "On my solo recordings and in my solo concerts, I try to find a variety of ways to play the bass so the music isn't boring and repetitive. There are different ways of pacing, and, of course, you can turn on a dime when you're playing by yourself."

Eubanks says that Holland is his favorite acoustic bass player: "Dave is so solid. He has total control and facility. And he can play whatever style he wants, from straight-ahead to odd-meter, and he can get funky too." Plus, Eubanks notes, Holland is a rhythm section unto himself. "He fulfills all the time-keeping, rhythmic and harmonic roles."

As for starting his Dare2 imprint, Holland says it had been in the back of his mind for several years. With all the support and interest in his music, he figured it was time to take the leap of faith and go it on his own. "One of the initial motivations was to be independent, to own my own masters, to have more control over the entire process of releasing an album," he says. "But in the long term, there's a lot of promise in making music this way, especially with the changing environment in the recording industry. With the Internet and the new ways of accessing music there's a new climate that offers independent labels like mine more of a chance of survival." But not only has Holland survived in the world of independent artists, he has thrived.

The evidence of this is clear. 2005 was a banner year filled with accolades for the bassist having won DownBeat's Critics Poll for Musician of the Year, Big Band of the Year, and Acoustic Bassist of the Year (he also garnered top bassist in the 2006 poll). The Jazz Journalist Association also honored him in similar fashion, giving Holland its award for both Musician and Acoustic Bassist of the Year. He was the recipient of the prestigious Miles Davis Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival and was the featured artist at this year's North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, Netherlands, where he showcased his own bands as well as performed a duet concert with percussionist Trilok Gurtu. This year also marked Dave Holland's first appearance at Carnegie Hall's Isaac Stern auditorium leading his own band, a headlining spot on a double-bill with Wayne Shorter at the JVC Jazz Festival.

Over the years Holland has garnered a slew of awards. He has been nominated numerous times for Grammy Awards in the Best Jazz Instrumental Performance category with his quintet-including 1998 for Points of Voice, 2000 for Prime Directive, 2001 for Not for Nothin' and 2003 for Extended Play. He's won three Grammy Awards: 1999's Best Instrumental Jazz Performance for Like Minds, 2002's Best Large Jazz Ensemble for What Goes Around and 2005's Best Large Jazz Ensemble for Overtime.

 

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