Jazz master Dave Holland keeps creative process flowing with Prism

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Tuesday October 01, 2013

From The Los Angeles Times

Jazz master Dave Holland keeps creative process flowing with Prism
Electric quartet Prism is just the latest project for the busy Dave Holland, one of the headliners at the upcoming Angel City Jazz Festival.

By Chris Barton

At an age when most people are easing into retirement, 67-year-old bassist Dave Holland can’t stop working.

Popping up this Saturday at UCLA’s Royce Hall as one of the marquee headliners of the six-night Angel City Jazz Festival (which kicks off Friday at LACMA), the onetime Miles Davis sideman and longtime fixture on the jazz vanguard will appear with his latest ensemble, Prism. A bracing electric quartet composed of players who are bandleaders in their own right in pianist Craig Taborn, drummer Eric Harland and guitarist Kevin Eubanks, Prism’s churning, groove-heavy sound is a marked departure from some of Holland’s acoustic work with his quintet.

Speaking by phone from his longtime home in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York, the British-born Holland shrugged off the idea that Prism marked a musical shift. “I’m just really interested in the creative process and doing things … that I feel can keep me growing as a musician,” he says. “I just thought it was time for me to set a new project in motion.”

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