Dave Holland: Easy Did It
Easy Did It
Dave Holland (bass)
Critical Mass (Dare 2 Records SSC 3058)
Composed by Dave Holland.
Recorded: New York, December 2005
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Some bass players walk, others float over the beat, but Dave Holland positively dances. A fresh, sprightly quality infuses his lines – helped along by his zeal for playing with time signatures. When I hear his performances, I invariably wish I had the lead sheets in front of me – there is so much happening, that a casual listening doesn’t do justice to his recordings. I hear the time signature shifting back repeatedly from duple to triple feel on “Easy Did It,” and I am half convinced that there is a lopsided chunk of fourteen beats stuck in every once in a while just to shake things up. But the soloists are never thrown for a loop, and when Holland dances, they join in on the fun.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
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