Dave Holland's "Q&A"

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Monday April 16, 2018

From JazzTimes

JT Track Premiere: Dave Holland’s “Q&A”
By: JazzTimes

On May 11, bassist and composer Dave Holland will release Uncharted Territories, a new album featuring his longtime friend and collaborator Evan Parker on saxophone, along with pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Ches Smith. The group is featured in varied combinations of duos and trios, in addition to the quartet tracks, and the project is being released in two-CD/three-LP formats through Holland’s Dare2 imprint. Contacted via e-mail while on tour, Holland reflected on his enduring relationship with Parker: “I’ve known Evan and played with him over the last 50 years, and we were both involved in the [Spontaneous Music Ensemble’s] 1968 recording Karyōbin. Throughout the years he’s crafted a very personal musical language and has a history of working with a diverse range of musicians in many different formats. He has tremendous focus when he plays.”

[…] “I enjoy playing in many improvisational settings and looking at the music from different perspectives,” Holland replied when asked about the artistic rewards of free improvisation. “Open-form improvisation relies on a very intense and focused communication between the musicians to create cohesive structures spontaneously. The musicians I invited to take part in this project—Evan, Craig and Ches—are masters at doing that.”

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