Review: Dave Holland's jazz quartet gets electric

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Sunday September 29, 2013


Review: Dave Holland’s jazz quartet gets electric
By Dan Emerson

Englishman Dave Holland, whose quartet completed a two-night stand at the Dakota jazz club Sunday night, has always been known as an acoustic bassist. But he’s no stranger to “electric” jazz, which he played early in his career with Miles Davis’ fusion group and periodically with his own groups.

Electric instruments are a focus of Holland’s new project, Prism; it’s a quartet that includes electric guitarist Kevin Eubanks and Twin Cities native Craig Taborn, who plays Fender Rhodes along with acoustic piano.

On Sunday at the Dakota, the group played a number of tunes from their new CD. As usual with Holland’s democratic ensemble, each of the four members contributed original compositions, including drummer Eric Harland.

The dominant presence Sunday night was Eubanks, who did much of the soloing. When he came on the national scene roughly 30 years ago, Eubanks was a fairly conventional jazz guitarist. But his style has evolved into a more eclectic and distinctive mix, after he spent 15 high-profile years dipping into rock, soul, funk, reggae, blues, country and more as leader of Jay Leno’s Tonight Show Band.

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