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Wednesday November 17, 2010

From NPR

Dave Holland Finds A New Journey In Flamenco
By: Banning Eyre

British bassman Dave Holland has a resume that reads like a who’s who of jazz. He’s led bands large and small and accompanied legends from Coleman Hawkins to Miles Davis to Pat Metheny. Holland’s newest album, Hands, is the fruit of a three-year collaboration with renowned flamenco guitarist Pepe Habichuela.

Holland is fond of quoting the great Sam Rivers, who once said, “Don’t leave anything out. Play all of it.” Holland has lived that credo, dipping his toes into blues, pop, even bluegrass. But when Holland first played with Pepe Habichuela in 2007 at a workshop in Spain, he quickly understood that flamenco, the sort of deep flamenco that the Habichuela clan deals in, was music he needed to explore more deeply.

Four members of the Habichuela family play on this record, three of them on guitar. Some go by the name Carmona, but they all belong to a flamenco dynasty that goes back five generations in Granada. Their history, refinement, virtuosity and explosive passion come through on every track.

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