Dave Holland: Easy Did It


Easy Did It


Dave Holland (bass)


Critical Mass (Dare 2 Records SSC 3058)

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Dave Holland (bass), Chris Potter (soprano sax), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Steve Nelson (vibes), Nate Smith (drums).

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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