Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Some interesting concert torrents have been popping up on dimeadozen lately, but the one that I have been listening to the most is a wonderful concert from the always excellent Dave Holland Quintet from Club Nefertiti, in Gothenburg, Sweden, May 11, 2006. This recorded radio broadcast has crystal clear sound - all the better to hear this fantastic band improvising at great length. If you are not familiar with this group, the lineup is: Dave Holland, bass; Chris Potter, saxophones; Robin Eubanks, trombone; Nate Smith, drums and Steve Nelson, vibraphone and marimba. All of the members of the group contribute compositions to the band's book. The concert finds the band opening with a new composition, "Looking Up", which sets the tone for the rest of the performance with some deeply interactive modern jazz. This group has been playing together regularly for quite a long time now and has developed a near telepathic level of interplay. Fantastic solos also abound throughout the concert, particularly from Chris Potter, who blows an epic and passionate solo on "Vicissitudes." Drummer Nate Smith gives a very unique rhythmic feel to his composition "The Leak" as well as the rest of the music throughout the performance. "Secret Garden" is a fine group performance with a mysterious and haunting melody. As an encore, the group tackles an older Holland composition "Dream of the Elders" to conclude a magnificent concert. As great as this bands studio CDs have been recently, the best way to hear them is interacting in live performance. If you ever get the chance, don't pass it up.

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