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A Dave Holland bass line compels attention. A master of tone and rhythm, the bassist, composer, and bandleader is now in his fifth decade as a performer. Though he got his big break from Miles Davis, with whom he played during the trumpet legend's epochal Bitches Brew period, and collaborated with the biggest names in jazz, it is Holland's own contributions as band leader and composer that have established the bassist as a jazz legend.
Holland's modern ensembles, most notably the Dave Holland Quintet and the Dave Holland Big Band, are responsible for several of the era's most memorable recordings: Not for Nothing; Extended Play: Live at Birdland; What Goes Around; and Overtime. With Holland, the band or album may be new, but it's always the same genius.
Pathways (Dare2) marks the recording debut of the Dave Holland Octet. The players should be familiar to Holland and jazz fans alike: Chris Potter (tenor, soprano), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Steve Nelson (vibes, marimba), and Nate Smith (drums). Added to the front-line are other Holland collaborators Antonio Hart (alto saxophone), Alex Sipiagin (trumpet), and Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone) giving the band a more flexible range of sounds.
I had always loved the sound of the Duke Ellington small groups, often with a five horn front-line plus the rhythm section. The combination of two brass and three saxes gives access to a wide range of textures and colors and allows a composer to evoke the sound of a big band or create the more intimate sound of a small group." Holland returned to his favorite New York environment - the legendary Birdland - to record Pathways, capturing this incredible group of improvisers in full flight.
For those that have followed Holland's recording career, know that he, not unlike fellow bassist/bandleader Charles Mingus, often revisit compositions at different stages in his career.
Writing the song is just a starting point and after that the improviser develops different ways of interpreting it. There are some compositions that seem to remain relevant and that continue to evolve. On Pathways, I chose two older pieces, Shadow Dance" and How's Never?" The former was on Jumpin In', my debut recording with my first working band over 25 years ago. The latter I first played with the Gateway trio with Jack DeJohnette and John Abercrombie."
About the Limited Edition
We collaborated with graphic designer Niklaus Troxler and Grammy-award winning package designer Susan Archie (Albert Ayler: Holy Ghost, Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues: The Worlds of Charley Patton), to create a limited edition set (1000 copies) of Pathways. This edition of comes in a 5" x 7" lidded- box, containing six postcard-sized reproductions of concert posters designed by Niklaus, including a poster commemorating the Octet's recording of Pathways live at Birdland in 2009. This set of 6 postcards" also includes posters for concerts by Gateway, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, and the double bill with Ron Carter. The CD comes in a 4-panel folder decorated with Niklaus' art as well."
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