Dave Holland (bassist)

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Dave Holland (* 1. October 1946 in Wolverhampton , England ) is a British jazz - bassist and composer . Dave Holland's various formations have often proven to be a stepping stone to solo careers such as that of alto saxophonist Steve Coleman .

Dave Holland on July 19, 2014 in Wuppertal, Waldfrieden sculpture garden
Dave Holland 1976

Live and act

Holland studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and played first with Alexis Korner , then as house bassist at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London , but also explored free jazz in the Spontaneous Music Ensemble of John Stevens and Trevor Watts . After Miles Davis had heard him live at Ronnie Scott's Club, he invited Holland to America, but after that he was not heard from. Holland nevertheless traveled to New York City . There he first met Herbie Hancock , Davis' then pianist, who brought him to Miles Davis. Holland then became internationally known through his participation in his album Bitches Brew .

Holland soon played with Chick Corea , Barry Altschul and Anthony Braxton in a trio and quartet. He also published solo albums and a duo record with bass colleague Barre Phillips . At that time he was also working for ECM with John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette , who also influenced the development of jazz in the 1970s. This collaboration was resumed with two more albums in the early 1990s. Again and again he performed with Karl Berger .

The Dave Holland Quintet , founded in 1997, has won numerous Grammy nominations and awards. The quintet consisted of Robin Eubanks ( trombone ), Steve Nelson ( marimba and vibraphone ), Chris Potter ( saxophone ) and Billy Kilson , later Nate Smith ( drums ). Holland's band regularly involved younger musicians.

Holland is known as a composer with folk song-like motifs, asymmetrical rhythms, and two or more-part themes (mostly trombone and saxophone).

He received an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2000 . He currently lives in New York .

Dave Holland has been selling his music on his own label Dare2 Records since 2005. According to his own statement, the "really first independent release" - "Pathways" - was also the debut of his newly founded octet in 2010. There are also plans to market a series of live recordings by various Dave Holland formations under the title "Archive Series". Vol. 1 recorded recordings made by Holland's quintet during their 2007 world tour.

Discography (as leader )

Dave Holland 2013 at the German Jazz Festival
  • Dave Holland / Barre Phillips Music from Two Basses (1971 ECM )
  • Conference of the Birds (Quartet, recorded: 1972, ECM)
  • Emerald Tears (bass solo, 1977, ECM)
  • Life Cycle (Cello Solo, 1982, ECM)
  • Jumpin 'In (Quintet, 1983, ECM)
  • Seeds Of Time (Quintet, 1984, ECM)
  • The Razor's Edge (quintet, with Steve Coleman, 1987, ECM)
  • Triplicate (Trio, 1988, ECM)
  • Freiberg Festival '88 (Quintet, 1988, Laser PILJ-1118)
  • Extensions (Quartet, 1989, ECM)
  • Ones All (Bass Solo, 1993, Intuition 2148)
  • Dream of the Elders (Quartet, 1995, ECM)
  • Points of View (Quintet, 1997, ECM)
  • Prime Directive (Quintet, 1998, ECM)
  • Not for Nothin ' (Quintet, 2000, ECM)
  • Extended Play Live At Birdland (Quintet, 2000, ECM)
  • What Goes Around (Big Band, 2001, ECM)
  • Overtime (Big Band, 2002, Sunnyside / Dare2 Records)
  • Critical Mass (Quintet, 2005, Sunnyside / Dare2 Records)
  • Pass It on (Sextet, 2008, Dare2 Records)
  • Pathways (Octet, 2010, Dare2 Records)
  • Pepe Habichuela & Dave Holland Hands (2010, EmArcy)
  • Prism (with Kevin Eubanks , Craig Taborn and Eric Harland , 2013, Okeh, Sony Music)
  • Uncharted Territories (2018), with Evan Parker , Craig Taborn , Ches Smith
  • Good Hope (2019), with Zakir Hussain , Chris Porter
  • Kenny Barron , Dave Holland Trio feat. Johnathan Blake : Without Deception (2020, Dare2Records; Best List Prize of the German Record Critics )

Web links

Commons : Dave Holland  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Cf. Robert Fischer : Anything goes. In: All that Jazz. The story of a music. Reclam publishing house, Stuttgart. 3rd, expanded and updated edition 2007, pp. 435–436
  2. Dare2 (label introduction)