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

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. … Read More “Dave Holland/Zakir Hussain/Chris Potter: Good Hope (Edition)”

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Dave Holland: Uncharted Territories (Dare2)

Dave Holland and Evan Parker go way back, having first met during the British jazz avant-garde’s early flourishing in the 1960s. To have the bassist and saxophonist renew their lengthy acquaintance in a recording studio is notable enough, but to make matters more intriguing, they’ve hooked up on this double-disc set with two players of … Read More “Dave Holland: Uncharted Territories (Dare2)”

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Concert Review: 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute

The interjection “Not to get political, but…” became a leitmotif in writer Gary Giddins’ speech honoring fellow critic Ira Gitler at the 2017 Jazz Masters tribute concert (held for a second year at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.). Not getting political was a difficult undertaking at the 35th anniversary of the National Endowment for the … Read More “Concert Review: 2017 NEA Jazz Masters Tribute”

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Free Kennedy Center Concert Honors 2017 NEA Jazz Masters

On Monday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m., a free concert honoring the 2017 NEA Jazz Masters will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This year’s award recipients include vocalist and producer Dee Dee Bridgewater, author and educator Ira Gitler, bassist and composer Dave Holland, keyboardist and … Read More “Free Kennedy Center Concert Honors 2017 NEA Jazz Masters”

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Kenny Barron/Dave Holland: The Art of Conversation

There are conversations meant solely for the ears of those involved, full of jocular camaraderie and inside references. And then there are those designed to be overheard, where the dialogue is meant to engage and enlighten anyone who is listening in as well as the speakers themselves. With a musical relationship dating back nearly three … Read More “Kenny Barron/Dave Holland: The Art of Conversation”

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Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul: Reunion: Live in New York

It wouldn’t have been fair to expect Sam Rivers, Dave Holland and Barry Altschul to recapture their old magic when they reunited in 2007 for the special Columbia University concert documented on this two-disc set. They hadn’t performed together in more than 25 years. But talk about getting back on the bicycle: It’s difficult to … Read More “Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul: Reunion: Live in New York”

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Quick Hits

In a new edition of his Between The Grooves column, jazz musician and writer Philip Booth reviews recent CDs from Dave Holland, Stanton Moore, Paul Motian, Mark O’Connor and Jeff Healey

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