Dave Holland: Four Winds


Four Winds


Dave Holland (bass)


Conference of the Birds (ECM 1027)

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Dave Holland (bass), Sam Rivers (reeds, flute), Anthony Braxton (reeds, flute), Barry Altschul (percussion, marimba).

Recorded: New York, November 30, 1972


Rating: 99/100 (learn more)

Dave Holland said the inspiration for his album Conference of the Birds came from the birds that gathered outside his London apartment early in the morning, and you can hear it in the music. The opener, ďFour Winds,Ē is a high-flying number that has the saxophones of Sam Rivers and Anthony Braxton fluttering above the frenetic interplay of Hollandís bass and Barry Altschulís stick work. Things move so fast itís hard to imagine how anyone kept track of the tempo here. Conference of the Birds is Hollandís masterpiece, and it was his debut as a leader! This may be the most auspicious freshman effort in the history of jazz.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee

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