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Dave Holland Quintet: Extended Play

Every CD the Dave Holland Quintet has recorded since its inception in 1997 has been impeccable. The albums are elegantly designed and convey a clear picture of Holland’s artistry, and the Quintet’s ensemble sections and solos unfailingly exude a palpable sense of shared commitment and fully realized creativity. It is as about as close to perfect as a jazz group can be.

The prospect, then, of a two-CD collection recorded at Birdland is a bit delicious. Great club recordings are as dependent upon the inspiring nappy edge or possible flub for their magic as they are on a well-executed game plan. On Extended Play, Holland and his cohorts let the listener hear them sweat as they take real risks, but they never slacken, let alone stumble.

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