Extended Play: Live at Birdlandby Dave Holland Quintet
Shockingly, Extended Play is Dave Holland's first live album for ECM, a label he has been associated with for 30 years! Holland's standing quintet -- featuring trombonist Robin Eubanks, saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Billy Kilson, and vibes and marimba virtuoso Steve Nelson -- are, according to today's jazz standards, a veteran ensemble. On this Birdland date from 2001, they offer ample evidence as to why they are one of the most highly regarded ensembles in the music today. The material on this double-disc collection is, predictably enough, mostly taken from the band's studio releases. But that's where predictability ends. Virtually everything here is in wonderfully extended form, with only one tune clocking in under ten minutes. Eubanks' laid-back, low-register agility and rhythmic intervention are combined with the wonderfully varied melodic sensibilities of Potter, whose melodic and dynamic palette is equally rich, offering a line that is nearly fathomless in its melodic possibilities and providing the necessary off-the-ground sensibility required to front one of the most compelling, intricately threaded, and texturally diverse rhythm sections in jazz. As evidenced by the sprawling opener, "The Balance," a Holland composition, the band is a seemingly inseparable amalgam of soloists, all gathered around shifting tempos, striated harmonics, and a chromatic prism that offers no edges, but a variety of hues and shades that is startling. While the entire performance is stunning in its diversity and consistency of inspiration, discipline, and sheer vision, other standouts do include the polyrhythmic and lyrical brilliance of "Claressence" and the breathtaking set closer, "Metamorphos." If ever there were a contender for jazz record of the year, for 2003, Extended Play is it.
- Release Date:
- Universal Japan
Performance CreditsDave Holland Quintet Primary Artist
Robin Eubanks Trombone,cowbell,Group Member
Dave Holland Double Bass,Group Member
Billy Kilson Drums,Group Member
Chris Potter Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Steve Nelson Quartet Marimbas,Vibes,Group Member
Technical CreditsRobin Eubanks Composer
Dave Holland Composer,Producer
Paul Bagin House Sound
James Farber Engineer
Chris Potter Composer
David Ruffo House Sound
Adam Blackburn Engineer
Olivier Delhaye Cover Design
Claire Holland Concept
Louise Holland Producer
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Not only will this be in the top ten list of all most every major jazz reviwer. It will make some all time lists as to best live jazz CD. Just start with the first track right away you hear Chris Potters super hot tenor mix with Robin Eubanks powerfull trombone. The Sound mix is perfect. Dave Holland picks a great set featuring tunes that you want to hear over and over again. This one IS A MUST HAVE that will be on your CD player for some time.
Not only will this CD be on all the jazz top ten lists for the year 2003 it will be on many all time best lists. It jumps out at you right away with Chris Potter on Sax and Robin Eubanks on Trombone blowing as hard as they can. Dave Holland picks tunes that you will want to hear over and over. This one will stay on your CD player for sometime. A must have for any Jazz fan.
Killer playing and tightness that's almost ludicrous. The tunes are great, the band is great, the audience is great. Holland's band is one of (if not the) best ensembles on the planet, so if you dig modern (not smooth) jazz, then get this album!