Dave Holland: Triple Dance
Dave Holland Big Band
What Goes Around (ECM 1777)
Chris Potter (saxes), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Steve Nelson (vibes, marimba), Billy Kilson (drums) with 13-piece band.
Composed by Dave Holland.
Recorded: New York, January 2001
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
"Triple Dance" demonstrates what a great idea Holland had when he decided to build a jazz orchestra around the core of his working quintet. The addition of seven more reed and brass voices gives Holland the ability to shape the compositions with an increased level of drama. At first I thought "Triple Dance" was in an odd meter until I realized that it is actually three-bar phrases of 4/4. Holland's grooves often make the oddest combinations of meters feel natural; the groove of this tune manages to do just the opposite! Great solos contribute to this wonderful opening track on a stellar CD.
Reviewer: Bill Harrison