Dave Holland Trio at the Village Vanguard Reviewed

Dave Holland with Anthony Braxton Trio 1976

Source: NYTimes.com.

Opening night of a newly incorporated jazz group’s residency can be a crapshoot. Conventional wisdom holds that as time progresses, the music will only get better. But there are provisos and exceptions, most of which were manifest in the Dave Holland Trio’s jubilant, blazingly exploratory first set at the Village Vanguard on Tuesday night.

The trio’s members — Mr. Holland on acoustic bass, Kevin Eubanks on electric guitar and Obed Calvaire on drums — weren’t just opening a weeklong run at the club but also kicking off a five-week international tour. And there was a mix of anticipation and surprise in their push-pull rapport during an hourlong set, which moved through four compositions with no pauses.