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Dave Holland Leads With Collectivist Spirit


There are few musicians in jazz with a more untroubled sense of leadership than the bassist Dave Holland. Since the first recordings made under his name, in the early 1970s, Mr. Holland has expressed his point of view with gracious clarity, drawing out the best from his partners while keeping a firm hand on the tiller. But he’s after a greater spirit of collectivism with the Overtone Quartet, which made its first public appearance at the Blue Note on Tuesday night before a handful of tour dates this fall.

The group, with the saxophonist Chris Potter, the pianist Jason Moran and the drummer Eric Harland — musicians born in the 1970s — shares most of its DNA with the Monterey Quartet, which was convened in 2007 for that year’s Monterey Jazz Festival. (A sharp live album was released a couple of weeks ago on the festival’s label, licensed to Concord.) The crucial difference is in the piano chair: the Monterey Quartet featured Gonzalo Rubalcaba, a player of drier touch and steelier temperament than Mr. Moran.

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From All About Jazz:

18-Aug-09 Dave Holland / Gonzalo Rubalcaba / Chris Potter / Eric Harland
The Monterey Quartet: Live at the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival (Monterey Jazz Festival Records)
Reviewed by Mark F. Turner

18-Aug-09 Tom Abbs & Frequency Response
Lost & Found (Engine Studios)
Reviewed by Jerry D’Souza

17-Aug-09 Horace Tapscott
The Dark Tree (Hatology)
Reviewed by Chris May

16-Aug-09 Medeski Martin & Wood
Medeski Martin & Wood: Radiolarians III (Indirecto Records)
Reviewed by Doug Collette

16-Aug-09 Peter Kowald / Vinny Golia
Mythology (Kadima Collective)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

15-Aug-09 Boris Savoldelli / Elliott Sharp
Protoplasmic (Moonjune Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

14-Aug-09 Hatfield and the North
Hatfield and the North: Hatfield and The North / The Rotters Club (Esoteric Recordings)
Reviewed by John Kelman

14-Aug-09 Tafillalt
Tafillalt (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

13-Aug-09 Anekdoten
Chapters (Kscope Music)
Reviewed by John Kelman

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From All About Jazz:

Daniel Zamir
I Believe (Tzadik)
Reviewed by Warren Allen

11-Nov-08 Joe Fonda / Carlo Morena / George Schuller
A Drop Of Water (Konnex Records)
Reviewed by Robert Iannapollo

11-Nov-08 Donny McCaslin
Recommended Tools (Greenleaf Music)
Reviewed by Tom Greenland

10-Nov-08 Mary Halvorson Trio
Dragon’s Head (Firehouse 12 Records)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

09-Nov-08 Louis Moholo-Moholo
Duets With Marilyn Crispell (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Nic Jones

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