Overtime

Overtime

by Dave Holland Big Band
     
 
Sometimes a title tells it all, and Overtime, Dave Holland's second recording with a 13-piece big band, resonates on several levels. For one thing, the music has evolved over time: In constructing the program -- a four-part Holland suite, two other Holland originals, and a composition by trombonist Robin Eubanks, a Holland associate since the early ‘80s -- the

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Sometimes a title tells it all, and Overtime, Dave Holland's second recording with a 13-piece big band, resonates on several levels. For one thing, the music has evolved over time: In constructing the program -- a four-part Holland suite, two other Holland originals, and a composition by trombonist Robin Eubanks, a Holland associate since the early ‘80s -- the 57-year-old bassist draws on four decades of association with tonal personalities as diverse as Miles Davis, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, the Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Orchestra, and Steve Coleman. For another thing, Holland is a master of rhythm and metric modulation, switching seamlessly between 4/4 swing, African triplet structures, and a slew of inspiriting odd-metered signatures that descend from Bali, Egypt, and M-Base. Most important, Holland knows how to operate within a time-space continuum, molding rhythmic and harmonic flow into musical narrative; to use his phrase, it's "closed-form music with an open-form sound." Interpreting the stories with impeccable craft and imagination are an ensemble of virtuosos -- among them, saxophonists Chris Potter, Antonio Hart, and Gary Smulyan; trumpeter Alex Sipiagin; vibraphonist Steve Nelson; Eubanks; and monster drummer Billy Kilson. In the tradition of Ellington and Thad Jones, Holland gives them interesting parts to play, each with its own logic and function and the feel of a melodic line; he propels them with surging bass lines and unerring harmonic logic. A triumph.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
This exceptional date by Dave Holland Big Band was recorded in 2002 in New York, yet remained unreleased until 2005. As is to be expected, Holland assembled a fine cast of seasoned and young players, some of whom are veterans of Holland's quintets and quartets. These are four saxophones -- two alto, tenor and baritone -- three trumpets and trombones, and vibes as well as bass and drums. They include Chris Potter and Robin and Duane Eubanks, Antonio Hart, Steve Nelson, Josh Roseman, Billy Kilson, Taylor Haskins, Gary Smulyan, Jonathan Arons and Alex Sipiagin. The music centers around the opening four-part "Monterey Suite," a tour de force commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival and originally performed there in 2001. Holland's writing for the trombone section is dynamite. Roseman, Arons, and Robin Eubanks offer up solid bottom rung lines and tight timing as anchors for the rest of the brass though they often charge out front. Potter once more displays his talents as not only a fine soloist but as an excellent ensemble player, carrying the chair with authority and verve. The beautiful "Ario" hosts some really knotty and swelling harmonic interludes and the closer, "Last Minute Man," is electrifying, transcending the confines of the studio. This is an essential Holland date, it is exciting, colorful and wildly innovative. Let's hope he composes and records more in this idiom soon.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Sunny Side
UPC:
0016728302821
catalogNumber:
3028
Rank:
78612

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Holland Big Band   Primary Artist
Robin Eubanks   Trombone,Soloist
Antonio Hart   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Dave Holland   Double Bass,Soloist
Gary Smulyan   Baritone Saxophone,Soloist
Mark Gross   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Taylor Haskins   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Billy Kilson   Drums,Soloist
Chris Potter   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Josh Roseman   Trombone,Soloist
Steve Nelson Quartet   Marimbas,Vibes,Soloist
Alex Sipiagin   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Duane Eubanks   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Jonathan Arons   Trombone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Robin Eubanks   Composer
Dave Holland   Arranger,Composer,Producer
James Farber   Engineer
Niklaus Troxler   Cover Art
Louise Holland   Producer

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