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Dave Holland Quintet

February 19, 2010 Leave a comment

Mr. Dave Holland, British jazz bassist. Dave was a regular at Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in 1967. Miles Davis and Philly Jo Jones were there in 1968 and after hearing  Holland play Jones asked Holland to join their band. His first recording with Miles Davis was “Filles de Kilimanjaro” and can be heard on two other of Miles’s most  incredible albums, “In A Silent Way” and “Bitches Brew. Holland stayed with the Miles Davis group for two years. He then joined the avant-garde jazz group “Circle” with Chick Corea, Barry Altschul and Anthony Braxton recording on the ECM label. Hollands first recording as a leader came in 1972 his landmark  “Conference Of  The Birds” Through the 70’s Holland played with Stan Getz, and the “Gateway Trio” with John Abercrombie, and Jack Dejohnette. The 80’s saw him playing in many quartet and quintet formats and with Herbie Hancock on occasion.

The Dave Holland Quintet is his resent group formed in 1997 including  Robin Eubanks on trombone and cowbell; Steve Nelson on marimba and vibraphone; Chris Potter; and Billy Kilson and more recently, Nate Smith drums. The quintet has also recorded as the Dave Holland Big Band. Dave Holland won his first Grammy award as a leader for “What Goes Around” (2002) in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category. The second Big Band recording,” Overtime” (2004) was released on Holland’s own Dare2 Records  label and in 2005 won the Grammy again in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album category. Recently Dave Holland released his web exclusive “Archive Series Vol. 1  The Dave Holland Quintet 97”. Enjoy, Discover!!

Ray Brown

January 26, 2009 Leave a comment

He is some fine bassist!!!  He has played with some of the greats: Ellington, Peterson, Gillespie, and his own band. I have several of his albums including “The Best Of The Concord Years” which is a great collection of his work. I also admire his “My Best Friends Are” series. Check out following link: NPR Jazz Profiles a good little history on Ray Brown.  He enjoyed a long career and recorded extensively Ray Brown History. As you may browse for that next Jazz CD purchase and you run across his name on the cover or back sleeve you cannot go wrong in choosing it. Everything the man did was “CLASS”.  His discography follows: Ray Brown discography