Not for Nothin'

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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
The third album by the current edition of the Dave Holland Quintet, Not for Nothin' documents a unit supremely in balance. The album comprises five Holland originals and a tune each by saxman Chris Potter, trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibraphonist-marimbist Steve Nelson, and drummer Billy Kilson. Each is a virtuoso, and Holland gives them ample rope; with many tours under their belt, they reward his trust by emphasizing collective imperatives -- contrapuntal dialogue, call-and-response, background riffs -- while never sublimating their voice. Eubanks, an unsung grandmaster, uncorks a handful of jaw-dropping solos, manipulating time and timbre with surgical precision. Always ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
The third album by the current edition of the Dave Holland Quintet, Not for Nothin' documents a unit supremely in balance. The album comprises five Holland originals and a tune each by saxman Chris Potter, trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibraphonist-marimbist Steve Nelson, and drummer Billy Kilson. Each is a virtuoso, and Holland gives them ample rope; with many tours under their belt, they reward his trust by emphasizing collective imperatives -- contrapuntal dialogue, call-and-response, background riffs -- while never sublimating their voice. Eubanks, an unsung grandmaster, uncorks a handful of jaw-dropping solos, manipulating time and timbre with surgical precision. Always a scratch improviser with uncanny control of his instrument, Potter has begun to vocalize his sound, imparting rich narrative underpinning to his statements. Nelson adds harmonic weight and textural variety to the asymmetrical melodies and angular meters that mark the songs, which draw from a global well of scales and beats. Kilson animates every measure with precise, mighty grooves, finding unexpected perspectives, matching the leader's formulations for logic and pulse. The master bassist knits everything together; not unlike Art Blakey or Miles Davis, the force of his tonal personality -- blending the complex and the elemental -- stamps the sound of his band of individualists for the full 73 minutes.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Almost two years after the issue of the fine Prime Directive, Dave Holland brings his quintet back intact for another go at his particular brand of elegant jazz-making. One of the finest characteristics of Holland as a leader is his insistence on putting his bandmates out front. Thus, along with the five Holland compositions, there is one each by trombonist Robin Eubanks, saxophonist Chris Potter, vibist Steve Nelson, and drummer Billy Kilson. Eubanks' "Global Citizen" opens the proceedings and Holland soon shifts the first solo to Nelson, who traipses the edges of the rhythm. As the horn players re-enter, the bluesy flavor of bop enters with them and Nelson has to move outside into a Latin vein to keep the tune from making him disappear. Elsewhere, on Holland's "Shifting Sands," he uses three harmonic figures to create an Eastern-tinged mood akin to the folk music of North Africa. The bassist takes the first solo, weaving a subtle cross section of microphonics and open notes in the lower register, before Nelson colors his staccatos with subtle blues and grays as the band kicks in to signal Eubanks and Potter to engage in a tightly wrought but easy-feeling musical conversation. Not for Nothin' is all about compelling music; there isn't a spare or slack moment on the set, but as the band takes it out with the progressive post-boppism of Holland's "Cosmosis," it's clear to see how finely wrought this ensemble is: they anticipate each other even in the studio while playing the chart. There are moments of dovetailing here between Eubanks and Potter where the overlap is so slight yet so profound it could never have been left to chance, only to close listening. And there are spaces within the solos where Kilson signals Holland and then Nelson for a little double timing and opening of the mood to allow for Potter to blow through the changes in the tune before Nelson makes them disappear completely. Whoa! The only regret this reviewer has about Not for Nothin' is that it isn't a double CD. This is postmodern poetic singing at its finest. Who said jazz is a dead art form? Let he or she who has the ears to hear, hear; the Dave Holland Quintet is carrying the banner of creative music in the jazz tradition in the 21st century.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2001
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • UPC: 044001400421
  • Catalog Number: 014004
  • Sales rank: 136,008

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Global Citizen (11:13)
  2. 2 For All You Are (8:19)
  3. 3 Lost and Found (9:28)
  4. 4 Shifting Sands (5:20)
  5. 5 Billows of Rhythm (6:46)
  6. 6 What Goes Around (13:05)
  7. 7 Go Fly a Kite (6:13)
  8. 8 Not for Nothin' (5:54)
  9. 9 Cosmosis (6:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Holland Quintet Primary Artist
Dave Holland Indexed Contributor
Robin Eubanks Trombone, cowbell
Steve Nelson Marimbas, Vibes
Billy Kilson Drums
Technical Credits
Steve Allen Composer
Dave Holland Producer
Manfred Eicher Executive Producer
James Farber Engineer
Chris Potter Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An achievement of great importance.

    I agree wholeheartedly with Wiliam Mansor's excellent review and he is absolutely correct. It is extremely refreshing and uplifting to find music that is original, substantial and meaningful in these days and times. I just wanted to add that the quality of these musicians is second to none. Robin Eubanks may be the finest trombone player of all times. Steve Nelson has been backing some of the very finest musicians for years, simply because he is absolutely great and no apologies needed to Milt Jackson. Dave Holland is a vertuoso double bass giant, composer, teacher, and arranger. Chris Potter is from the Bob Mintzer school of superb sax playing and his subtle touches and remarkable interpretations are amazing. They play together in a way that weaves and layers sound, tone, pace, and rhythm. It is a treat to the senses, and always flawless. This is the most difficult of all music to write, arrange, and produce, yet it is pure, authentic, hard core jazz. I believe this is DHB's best studio release without a doubt. It is flat fantastic. It is a major acomplishment of the highest order. This is an essential item in any decent jazz collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not For The Deaf...

    I believe the current century of music we regularly encounter is a perpetuation of trends. Rather than the true, uninhibited, originality of musical concept that made the last century of music clearly the most important to date, it appears we are subjected to the industries gluttony. Subjected to a time where the only music a record company can confidently release is music that has already been heard. I often tire of hearing the imitators run flawlessly, without risk, through standards played as they were 30, 40, and 50 years ago. To play music of a time where innovation was applauded seems ironic and contradictory to our present typical approaches. It is saddening to hear music rehashed with such irreverence. While the music business packages the next Charlie Parker by finding an attractive, young, well dressed man who can play his lines over a Jamey Abersold jam CD , we are fortunate to have a small pocket of originality within modern jazz. Dave Holland perseveres with another album of brilliant original writings that incorporates hauntingly beautiful melodies over a groove and fiery drive of quick tempo Latin feel. These compositions become a vehicle of improvisation for some of the finest musicians on the planet. The interaction of these musicians leaves me in awe as they tease each other with harmonic concepts and rhythm. A diamond in the rough, ¿Not For Nothin' ¿ has more purpose then the title of this album states. Its purpose is to provide us with insight of how refreshing and spiritual new ideas can be.

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