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Dave Holland/Zakir Hussain/Chris Potter: Good Hope (Edition)

A review of the new album from the Crosscurrents Trio

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Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, Chris Potter, Good Hope
The cover Good Hope by Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain, and Chris Potter

Two years ago, tabla master Zakir Hussain assembled a sextet he called Crosscurrents, which brought together Indian and Western musicians to explore the jazz content of Bollywood film scores. Good Hope expands on that concept by boiling the group down to a trio, and shifting the focus from movie music to a more generalized approach.

As to how Dave Holland ended up with top billing on what started as Hussain’s project, one could either put it down merely to alphabetical-order-by-surname or note how central the bassist’s role is in defining the sound of this trio. Good Hope isn’t raga-jazz or East-Meets-West fusion; it’s a conversation between sensibilities, with Holland’s bass acting as the bridge between Hussain’s tablas and Chris Potter’s tenor.

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J.D. Considine

J.D. Considine has been writing about jazz and other forms of music since 1977. His work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Musician, Spin, Vibe, Blender, Revolver, and Guitar World. He was music critic at the Baltimore Sun for 13 years, and jazz critic at the Globe and Mail for nine. He has lived in Toronto since 2001.