Critical Mass

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
One word that comes to mind when listening to Critical Mass is generosity. Double-bassist Dave Holland, four decades into his career, could certainly be forgiven for taking the word "leader" at its literal meaning, calling all the shots and keeping his musicians at bay. But that's not what he's about, and at any given time Critical Mass could just as easily have been credited to saxist Chris Potter, trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibist/marimbaist Steve Nelson, or drummer Nate Smith. Each player is provided with ample moments in which to take charge, and not fleeting, gratuitous moments but rather significant chunks of solo/lead space. Holland's belief in sharing extends to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
One word that comes to mind when listening to Critical Mass is generosity. Double-bassist Dave Holland, four decades into his career, could certainly be forgiven for taking the word "leader" at its literal meaning, calling all the shots and keeping his musicians at bay. But that's not what he's about, and at any given time Critical Mass could just as easily have been credited to saxist Chris Potter, trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibist/marimbaist Steve Nelson, or drummer Nate Smith. Each player is provided with ample moments in which to take charge, and not fleeting, gratuitous moments but rather significant chunks of solo/lead space. Holland's belief in sharing extends to the area of composition as well. Each bandmember contributes one piece to the album Holland does claim the other four, however and, more often than not, uses that opportunity to shapeshift, to push the band -- and make no mistake, this is a band, not a random collection of studio players -- into unexplored territory. That's not to say that Holland takes a back seat -- his presence is always strongly felt -- only that he recognizes that the bass is, first and foremost, a support instrument and he's content with using it as such when the piece calls for it. When he does step in to take the leadership role, he is endlessly creative, commanding in his ability to sidestep predictability and further his own legend. The particular mix of instrumentation here allows for numerous rhythmic and tonal variations as well: on the album's longer pieces, in particular -- Eubanks' exploratory "Full Circle," Holland's appropriately hypnotic "Easy Did It," Nelson's multi-hued "Amator Silenti" -- the quintet's cohesiveness and utmost respect for one another becomes clearer by the minute.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2006
  • Label: Sunny Side
  • UPC: 016728305822
  • Catalog Number: 3058
  • Sales rank: 90,471

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Eyes Have It (7:00)
  2. 2 Easy Did It (11:17)
  3. 3 Vicissitudes (9:58)
  4. 4 The Leak (5:45)
  5. 5 Secret Garden (8:42)
  6. 6 Lucky Seven (8:36)
  7. 7 Full Circle (12:15)
  8. 8 Amator Silenti (9:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Holland Primary Artist, Double Bass
Robin Eubanks Trombone, Group Member
Steve Nelson Vibes
Chris Potter Saxophone
Steve Nelson Quartet Marimbas, Tambourine, Vibes, Group Member
Nate Smith Drums, Group Member
Technical Credits
Robin Eubanks Composer
Dave Holland Composer
Steve Nelson Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
James Farber Engineer
Niklaus Troxler Cover Art
Louise Holland Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The BEST

    I love all of Dave Hollands music. This CD is just one more homerun for the man. I'm a big fan of drummer Billy Kilson. I love his work with the Dave Holland Big Band, and the things he did with D.H. before that. So when I see that Nate Smith is the new drummer I was not sure he would be as good. I was wrong. D.H. would not put any person in his group that could not play well. Also, Chris Potter can play sax as well as anyone today. Get this CD, and both of the Big Band CD's too.

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