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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. One person found this helpful. Bassist Dave Holland is one of the most prominent figures on the jazz scene today, leading a quintet many consider the best in LP) business, and more recently organizing a big LP) whose music is quite unlike any big band in the history of jazz. Those who really dig the music of the big band will be especially interested in this particular album, for it contains the original versions of two actually two and a half of the tunes on the big band's first recording, "What Goes Around.
This group consists of veteran Kenny Wheeler on trumpet and flugelhorn, Steve Coleman on alto saxophone and flute, Julian Priester on trombone, and Steve Ellington on drums, First Snow - Dave Holland Quintet - Jumpin In (Vinyl, in addition to Holland's bass.
The pianoless instrumentation leads to a much more open sound, relying more on Holland's powerful bass to anchor the harmonic structure. The group concept here is a lot like that of Ornette Coleman's early groups, and the instrumentation contributes to this sound. The title track especially sounds like one of Ornette Coleman's sunny, lopsided anthems which is extremely consonant only to dissolve into free playing.
But other tunes begin to hint at Dave's individual sound, especially the tunes he later arranged for the big band. I had no idea Dave had combined two of his tunes to produce that arrangement. The third First Snow - Dave Holland Quintet - Jumpin In (Vinyl band tune present in its first version is "Shadow Dance. That big band arrangement was a staple of my high school jazz band last year, and it helped us win our division at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival, so the big band version holds a special place in my heart.
The rest of the tunes continue in the Ornette Coleman vein, in solo approach if not in composition structure. Of particular interest is "You I Love," which seems like it's almost a parody of jazz standards; the melody is a lot like a standard but oddly angular because of the unorthodox harmonic approach and horn harmonies.
I enjoy this album for what it is, but mostly as an interesting look at where Dave's tunes came from. It took him a while to tighten his group concept and find the right musicians to create the original sound his music has today. This album is a lot looser, to mixed effect, and the horn players aren't as good at interacting as Chris Potter and Robin Eubanks in today's Dave Holland Quintet, but the material is interesting and the performances are a little more "out" than Holland's music now.
I would actually recommend "Prime Directive" as a good starting place for Holland's music, but for existing fans, this is a really interesting album to hear. It is by no means casual listening and I wouldn't recommend it to non-jazz fans, but I would recommend it to fans of Ornette Coleman or Eric Dolphy for its interesting collective improv approach.
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Featuring Dave Holland on bass and cello, Steve Coleman on alto saxophone and flute, Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, pocket trumpet, cornet and fluegelhorn, Julian Priester on trombone, Steve Ellington on drums. Six tracks composed by Holland, one track by Coleman, nearly 50 minutes of impressive playing from all the musicians, less organization and more freedom than the more recent releases, and never missing the point: making truly enjoyable music. Have fun! Thank you for your feedback.
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