Reviews that mention Dave Holland

April 19, 2022

Sam Rivers Quartet

NoBusiness NBCD 138

Cecil Taylor

The Complete, Legendary, Live Return Concert

Oblivion Records OD-08

Jean Charles Capon/Phillipe Maté/Lawrence Butch Morris/Serge Rahoerson

Jean Charles Capon/Phillipe Maté/Lawrence Butch Morris/Serge Rahoerson

Souffle Continu Records FFL072

Cecil Taylor

Mixed to Unit Structures Revisited

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Jacques Thollot

Watch Devil Go

Souffle Continu Records FFL071 MORE

May 13, 2021

Julius Hemphill The Boyé Multi-national Crusade for Harmony

Archive Recordings 1997-2007
NewWorld Records 80825-2:

Various Artists

Not Two …but Twenty Festival

NotTwo MW 1000-2

Something in the Air: Sophisticatedly Curated Box Sets Collate and Disseminate Important Music

By Ken Waxman

Assembled since the first significant 78s were collected in one package, the boxed set has traditionally been used to celebrate important anniversaries or extensive projects. CD collections are the same with these improvised music sets aurally illuminating various programs. MORE

May 9, 2020

Sam Rivers Quintet

NoBusiness Records NBCD 124

Sun Ra

Heliocentric Worlds1 & 2 Revisited

Ezz-thetics 1103

Albert Ayler Quartets 1964

Spirits to Ghosts Revisited

ezz-thetics 1101

Baroque Jazz Trio

Baroque Jazz Trio + Orientasie/Largo

SouffleContinue Records CD fl0 56

Willem Breuker & Han Bennink

New Acoustic Swing Duo

Corbett vs Dempsey CD 0066

Something in the Air: Reissues Keep Genre-Defining Sessions in Circulation

January 11, 2019

13th Annual Jazz Critics Poll Ballot

2018 NPR Music
Ken Waxman’s Selections

•Your name and primary affiliation(s)

Ken Waxman

•Your choices for this year’s 10 best New Releases

1. Steve Swell Music for Six Musicians Hommage à Olivier Messiaen (Silkheart)

2. Dave Holland/Evan Parker/Craig Taborn/Ches Smith Uncharted Territories (Dare2)

3. Roots Magic Last Kind Words (Clean Feed)

4. François Houle/Alexander Hawkins/Harris Eisenstadt You Gotta Have Options (Songlines)

5. Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore After Caroline (Northern Spy)

October 11, 2018

Dave Holland/Evan Parker/Craig Taborn/Ches Smith

Uncharted Territories
Dare2 Records Dare 2-010

By Ken Waxman

Negating the generation gap, Britons, bassist Dave Holland, 71 and saxophonist Evan Parker, 73, join forces with younger Americans, keyboardist Craig Taborn, 48, and percussionist Ches Smith, 44, for an incandescent, two-CD set the nimbly cruises past any differences in age, nationality and orientation. Although playing together for the first-time, the four easily negotiate improvised duos, trio and quartets which commingle Parker’s exploratory leanings with Holland’s solid time sense. MORE

February 6, 2018

Spontaneous Music Ensemble (1968)

Karyobin are the imaginary birds said to live in paradise
Emanem 5046

Steve Lacy

Free for a Minute (1965-72)

Emanem 5210

Hans Reichel (1973)

Wichlinghauser Blues

Corbett vs. Dempsey CvsD CD 033

Roscoe Mitchell (1977)

Duets with Anthony Braxton

Delmark/Sackville SK 3016

Something In The Air: Historical Free Music Documents Reappear on CD

By Ken Waxman

Arguably the most important and least understood sound of the 20th Century, Free Music which combined jazz’s freedom with noted music’s rigour, while aiming for in-the-moment creation has now been around for almost six decades. With its advances now accepted as part of the ongoing sonic landscape, long out-of-print are being reissued and reappraised for their excellence. MORE

June 11, 2015

Anthony Braxton

Trio and Duet
Sackville (Delmark) SK3007



Red Toucan RT 9349

Evan Parker ElectroAcoustic Septet


Victo 127

Harris Eisenstadt

Golden State II

Songlines SGL 1610-2



TourdeBras TDB90012 CD

Something In The Air: Canadian Exposure for Out-of-the-Country Out-of-the-Ordinary Improvisers

By Ken Waxman

Just as international improvisers sometimes find a more welcoming atmosphere for their sound experiments in Canada than at home, so too have Canadian record labels become a vehicle to release notable free music sessions. Attesting to this openness, two of the most recent discs by British saxophone master Evan Parker are on Canadian imprints. But each arrived by a different route. One of the triumphs of 2014’s Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in Quebec, this performance of Seven by Parker’s ElectroAcoustic Septet (Victo 127) are available on Victo, FIMAV’s affiliated imprint. Consisting of one massive and one shorter instant composition, Seven literally delineates the electro-acoustic divide. Trumpeter Peter Evans, reedist Ned Rothenberg, cellist Okkyung Lee and Parker make up the acoustic side, while varied laptop processes are operated by Ikue Mori and Sam Pluta, with George Lewis switching between laptop and trombone, with his huffing brass tone making a particular impression during a contrapuntal faced-off with Parker’s soprano saxophone during Seven-2. At nearly 46 minutes, “Seven-1” is the defining work, attaining several musical crests during its ghostly, meandering near time-suspension, Allowing for full expression of instrumental virtuosity, dynamic flutters, flanges and processes from the laptoppists accompany, comment upon or challenge the acoustic instruments. Alternately wave forms loops and echoes cause the instrumentalists to forge their reposes. Plenty of sonic surprises arise during the sequences. Undefined processed-sounding bee-buzzing motifs for example are revealed as mouth and lip modulations from Evans’ piccolo trumpet or aviary trills from Rothenberg’s clarinet. In contrast the electronics’ crackles and static are often boosted into mellower affiliations that sound purely acoustic. Eventually both aspects meld into a climax of bubbly consistency with any background-foreground, electro or acoustic displays satisfactorily melded. More percussive “Seven-2” has a climax involving fragmented electronics pulsating steadily as first Evans, then Rothenberg and finally Parker spill out timbres that confirm formalism as much as freedom. MORE

December 25, 2012

Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul

Reunion: Live in New York
Pi Recording 45

Memento of a storied Free Jazz trio and now memorial to one of its members who has passed, Reunion: Live in New York captures the first concert in a quarter century by reedist Sam Rivers, bassist Dave Holland and drummer Barry Altschul. Rivers’ unit of choice from 1972-1978, after the trio dissolved each of the men went on to pursue his own projects, most spectacularly Holland whose large and small group have positioned him as one of the few major Jazz festival favorites still trying to create memorable work. MORE

July 12, 2011

Karl Berger & Dave Holland

All Kinds of Time
Sackville SKCD2-3010

Julius Hemphill

Roi Boyé & the Gotham Mintrels

Sackville SKCD2-3014/15

Oliver Lake/Julius Hemphill

Buster Bee

Sackville SKCD2-3016

George Lewis

The Solo Trombone Record

Sackville SKCD2-3012

Anthony Davis

Of Blues and Dreams

Sackville SKCD2-3020

Karl Berger & Dave Holland

All Kinds of Time

Sackville SKCD2-3010

Roscoe Mitchell

January 24, 2002


News from the 70s
Felmay/Newtone FY 7005

With his MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” and his tenured position at Wesleyan University now part of his storied past, it would seem that Anthony Braxton has attained the respect he deserves as an academic and a serious American composer. However, a document like this CD -- or “text” as the academics would term it -- serves as a reminder of how he achieved what he did.

Organized by Italian jazz writer Francesco Martinelli and consisting of almost 75 minutes of tapes from Braxton’s private tape stash, the newest track dates from 1976 and the oldest from 1971. Braxton’s improvising and band leading is emphasized as much as his composing here, and hearing him in contexts ranging from solo to quartet you quickly pick up on the skill, technique and intensity that drew people to him in the first place. Hitherto-unknown compositions and new versions of older compositions are exposed, as are unique or under-recorded partnerships. MORE