Friday, October 4 | 7:00 p.m.
Friday, October 4 | 9:00 p.m.
Fall 2013 Concert Series
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The sound of 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, and his music possesses a rich and kaleidoscopic history. The Wolverhampton, England, native got his big break from Miles Davis, with whom he played during the trumpet legend’s epochal Bitches Brew period. Solo, and in collaboration with others, Holland became a dominant force in the 1970s, partnering with Sam Rivers and working with folk and rock musicians, such as Bonnie Raitt, John Hartford, and even Jimi Hendrix.. Holland formed his first working quintet in 1983 and continued to develop other varied and fruitful relationships with artists such as Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Thelonious Monk, Kenny WHeeler, and Herbie Hancock over the course of his career.
As a bandleader, Holland has headed ensembles that have served as a proving ground for many celebrated improvisers. His newest group, Prism, features the extraordinary talents of keyboardist Craig Taborn, guitarist Kevin Eubanks, and drummer Eric Harland.
“In any format, Mr. Holland is an exceptionally melodic player; he gives a rhythm section a spring-loaded thrust without sacrificing a full tone, and he supplies full-fledged counterpoint in a way that doesn’t upstage a solo. And while Mr. Holland has a handful of peers as an improviser, few of them show his ambitions, and ability, as a composer.”—New York Times
Click here to read what the Wall Street Journal has to say about Prism.