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Saturday, November 25, 2006

Dave Holland's 60th Birthday Concert - London Jazz Festival 2006

DAVHOL003Dave 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 jazz; Holland's sense of swing is unexcelled. Additionally, Holland is possibly the most accomplished pure jazz composer among bassists, after Charles Mingus. Holland's small groups in the '80s and '90s, while working firmly within the jazz idiom, presented a fresh alternative to the fusty re-creations of the neo-boppers.
In the '80s and '90s, Holland worked as an educator, heading the summer jazz workshop at DAVHOL002the Banff School in Banff, Alberta, Canada, from 1983 until 1990. From 1987 until 1990 he was a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music. Aside from leading his own group, Holland's musical activities in the '90s included projects with DeJohnette, Gateway, and Herbie Hancock. He also recorded with Joe Lovano, Gary Burton, and Jim Hall. Holland's late-'90s quartet included Robin Eubanks, Steve Nelson (vibes), Chris Potter (saxophone), and Billy Kilson (drums). The dawn of the 21st century brought more releases, including Not for Nothin' in 2001, What Goes Around in 2002, and Extended Play: Live at Birdland in 2003, all on ECM. Overtime came out in 2005, followed by Critical Mass in 2006, both on Sunnyside.

Dave Holland's 60th birthday concert, recorded live at the Barbican, London, on 18th November 2006.

1st Half

Line-up:

Dave Holland - double bass
Jim Hall - guitarDAVHOL001
Kenny Wheeler - trumpet

Tracks:

- The Whirling Dervish (performed by Holland & Hall)
- The Oracle (performed by Holland, Hall and Wheeler)
- Careful (performed by Holland, Hall and Wheeler)

2nd Half

Dave Holland Quintet:

Dave Holland - double bass
Chris Potter - saxophone
Robin Eubanks - trombones
Nate Smith - drums
Jason Moran - piano

- Prime Directive
- Full Circle
- Lucky 7

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