by Dave Holland Big BandDave Holland Big Band


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2005
Label: Sunnyside
UPC: 0016728302821
catalogNumber: 3028
Rank: 43367

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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