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Thursday June 30, 2011

From The Montreal Gazette

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2011: Dave Holland at Theatre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts; June 29, 2011
By: Peter Hadekel

Dave Holland’s first two nights at the Invitation Series were a study in contrasts.

On Tuesday the bass virtuoso took the stage at Theatre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts in the company of veteran New York pianist Kenny Barron for a set of lyrical duets, including several standards. Then, on Wednesday night, Holland’s quintet kicked the doors down at PdA with a high-voltage set of original compositions.

The much anticipated duo with Barron delivered all it promised. The pianist, of course, has the complete toolkit. He’s the consummate accompanist, voicing chords in bright or moody ways, as the fancy strikes him. As a soloist, he’s a forceful bebopper who can step outside the lines when necessary.

Together they shone on standards like The Very Thought of You and You Don’t Know What Love Is. The latter was a tour de force in Barron’s hands, as he upped the ante on each chorus, mixing block chords with bluesy runs.

To read more click here and check out a clip of the performance here.