Dave Holland: Ottawa's Artist-In-Residence

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Monday June 25, 2012

From The Ottawa Citizen

The Ottawa Jazz Festival named Dave Holland their first ever Artist-In-Residence this year, knowing he would bring something special to their audience, and Holland did not disappoint. Doug Fisher and Peter Hum from the Ottawa Citizen had rave reviews for each of Holland’s ensembles that played the festival this weekend:

Barron, Holland give fans the ideal musical conversation
Barron and Holland are not only two of jazz’s most accomplished practitioners on their instruments, they are also two of its finest composers, and their musical encounter, spread out over two shows Friday, was an experience to savour.

The two veterans, Barron is 69 and Holland 65, performed deeply felt, in-the-moment music, showing their respect for each other openly in the way they fed off of each other’s ideas and raised an eyebrow in appreciation of a memorable moment.

Thimar creates common ground for Middle Eastern sound, jazz
If the Ottawa Jazz Festival was going to stage any of its dozens of concerts in a church, the Arabic music encounter of oud master Anouar Brahem, saxophonist John Surman and bassist Dave Holland was the one.

The trio, which has recorded and toured off and on under the name Thimar (Arabic for “fruits”) since the late 1990s, performed a haunting set of meditative music, heavily inflected with Arab motifs and melodies and spiritual to its core.

Prism filled air with vivid, visceral music
Dave Holland’s instincts were bang-on.

Weeks before his new quartet Prism would play its inaugural concert in Ottawa, the bassist/bandleader said, “I have an instinctive feeling that there’s going to be some great exchanges between all the people in the band. When I think of it, when I imagine the musicians playing together, I’m getting a very good feeling about that.”

Holland was right to be optimistic about what he, guitarist Kevin Eubanks, pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Eric Harland would pull off. Its world premiere Sunday night on the TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival’s main stage, in advance of a stretch of European concerts, was an exuberant, rock-inflected affair filled with vivid and visceral music.