Fresh, Resolute and Contemporary

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Monday May 14, 2018

From Financial Times

Dave Holland: Uncharted Territories — ‘fresh, resolute and contemporary’
By: Mike Hobart

The uncharted territories that the British bass player Dave Holland explores on this engrossing release are the in-the-moment creations of a cross-generational, equal-partners, transatlantic quartet. The terrain varies from the phantasmagorical shapes of tonal abstraction to clean-lined lyricism that pulsates with warmth. And with different configurations adding to the textural colours and rhythmic contours on display, the vibrant 2xCD/ triple album grips throughout.

[…] The titles of the through-improvised tracks are coded by configuration presented, the day of the recording and the take number. Thus, the ethereal “Tenor-Bass W3”, featuring bassist Holland and saxophonist Parker, was the third take recorded on the Wednesday session, and the shimmering fragments of the quartet track “QT5” were the fifth take recorded on the Tuesday. The naming creates an austere impression for a band whose constituent parts roar to a peak, unfold magically into space, and, when combined, speak so eloquently as one.

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