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Tuesday April 04, 2017

Vortex Music Magazine

All for One, One for All: Dave Holland in Conversation
By: Nathan Rizzo

The talismanic jazz bassist speaks with Vortex in advance of his can’t-miss April 7 performance at Portland’s Revolution Hall.

After five decades, 40-plus albums as a bandleader, and nearly double that number as a sideman, Dave Holland is still making music that matters. Once termed “possibly the most accomplished pure jazz composer among bassists after Charles Mingus,” Holland, a soft-spoken Englishman who rose to international prominence with Miles Davis’ early-1970s Bitches Brew-era group, also appears—in perhaps an equally impressive feat—to have mastered the collaborative dynamics and mechanisms so often underlying it. An unquestionably gifted and prolific musical talent, he appears an equally blessed facilitator in ensemble settings, deftly underpinning his bandmates’ prodigious gifts while never losing sight of, or over-asserting, his own.

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