Friday, February 25, 2005

Dave Holland Big Band – Overtime (Dare2/Sunnyside, 2005)

After leading one of the most popular and innovative an ensemble in jazz for a number of years now, Dave Holland has made the leap to form his own label Dare2 Productions distributed by Sunnyside records. This is quite a step, considering he has been recording for the German based ECM Records for over 30 years. This sea change hasn’t affected the quality of the music one bit however, and the first release of the new venture is a big band album recorded in 2002.

Much like their previous big band project What Goes Around, this features the great quintet’s usual suspects, saxophonist Chris Potter and Steve Nelson on vibes, and there’s plenty of space for the leader to stretch out on bass. What makes this a little different is the inclusion of an extended suite of music written for the Monterey Jazz Festival in addition to the band's usual intricate compositions.

I've been really enjoying this disc. It's quite long, clocking in at nearly the full length of the compact disc, so I've been taking it a little bit at a time. There are some wonderful solos as can be expected from nearly everyone, but for me Chris Potter and Steve Nelson deserve particular kudos. Nelson is especially interesting on marimba which adds a wonderful texture to the music. The ensemble playing and compositions are first rate as well.

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