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Dave Holland Big Band: Overtime

Dave Holland

My wife and I once took a somewhat improbable entourage to Jazz Alley in Seattle to see the Dave Holland Quintet: my wife’s best friend, and the friend’s husband and septuagenarian parents. It was risky business, because our guests, while cultured, were not jazz people.

Those of us who need jazz in order to survive, like zealots everywhere, are often guilty of proselytizing in the wrong quarters. I have dragged many innocent friends and acquaintances to jazz concerts, subjected them to 20-minute air-splintering saxophone solos (cool!), and watched them leave baffled or resentful or both.

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