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Dave Holland Quintet: Points of View

From 1972’s Conference of the Birds to the present, bassist-composer Dave Holland has consistently fielded great bands and presented intelligent, challenging, surging music. In spite of the brilliance of past outings like 1983’s Jumpin In, with Kenny Wheeler, Julian Priester, and a young Steve Coleman, or 1989’s Extensions, this one may be his finest yet.

By blending Robin Eubanks’ warm trombone and Steve Wilson’s soprano and alto saxes with Steve Nelson’s shimmering vibes, Holland works with a wide palette of tones and colors throughout this superb project. And he paints some particularly beautiful pictures on “The Balance,” “Mr. B,” the haunting “Beduoin Trail” and the dreamy “Ario” with its floating harmonies and cascading counterpoint.

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