Dave Holland: Lazy Snake


Lazy Snake


Dave Holland Quartet


Dream of the Elders (ECM 1572)

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Dave Holland (bass), Steve Nelson (vibes, marimba),

Eric Person (alto & soprano saxes), Gene Jackson (drums)


Composed by Dave Holland


Recorded: New York, March 1995


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Like so many of Dave Holland's tunes, it is the overall vibe of "Lazy Snake" that sticks with me. Dave plays one of his finest recorded arco solos as an introduction, then sneaks into the reptilian ostinato that underlies the whole track. The mysterious Eric Person plays the unison melody with impeccable intonation along with Steve Nelson's vibes. Nelson plays the outstanding solo on this cut. His playing is deceptively complex, probably because he plays in such a relaxed, unhurried way. This incarnation of the quartet is well worth checking out.

Reviewer: Bill Harrison

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  • 1 fan // Dec 09, 2008 at 11:14 PM
    2/9/08 listening right now to this recording being played on Yellowstone Public Radio. A walking rhythm with a bass intro, followed by horns, and vibe with sax following. Tasty.