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Monday June 27, 2011

From The Montreal Gazette

Holland Explores Varied Traditions
Eclectic bandleader loves working with new rhythms and melodic ideas
By: Peter Hadekel

Dave Holland is not just a gifted bandleader, composer and improviser with a huge sound on the acoustic bass. He’s also a voracious student of other traditions.

The British-born bassist recently recorded an album of Flamenco music with Spanish guitarist Pepe Habichuela. At this year’s edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, he’ll be performing in a trio with Anouar Brahem, a Tunisian master of the oud, the stringed instrument that embodies the finest traditions of Arabic music.

This is in addition to Holland’s festival show with veteran jazz pianist Kenny Barron and a performance by his own quintet featuring standouts Chris Potter on tenor sax, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Steve Nelson on vibraphone and Nate Smith on drums.

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