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Monday February 24, 2014

From The Harvard Crimson

Dave Holland’s Prism Comes to Cambridge
By Jacob W. Gollub

On Feb. 13, I joined a large crowd on the third floor of the Charles Hotel. Here at the Regattabar, a world-class jazz club, we waited for the 10 p.m. set by Dave Holland’s newest ensemble, “Prism.” Led by Holland, a living legend on the stand-up bass, the ensemble features keyboardist Craig Taborn, guitarist Kevin Eubanks, and drummer Eric Harland.

The audience’s excitement was apparent from the beginning. “I’ve seen the drummer before and heard some of Dave Holland’s recordings, which were lovely,” said Carol. Alim, a guitarist at my table, told me, “I like his work with Miles Davis. That was a very special group.” While Holland first gained recognition with Davis in the late 1960s, he continues to lead a professional career that spans five decades.

After touring for two years and recording nine albums, Holland left Miles Davis’ band. Over the decades he has performed with such luminaries as Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Betty Carter, and Pat Metheny. In addition, “Prism” is his 20th album release as a leader. Of the other members, Eubanks led “The Tonight Show” band for 15 years, Taborn has recorded on over 70 albums as a sideman, and Harland garnered the excitement of every audience member I interviewed.

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