Dave Holland featuring Chris Potter: The Balance
Dave Holland Quintet
Extended Play: Live at Birdland (ECM 186465)
Robin Eubanks (trombone), Steve Nelson (vibes), Billy Kilson (drums).
Composed by Dave Holland.
Recorded: live at Birdland, New York, November 2001
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
Potter's soprano playing proves to be just as rich as his tenor playing. His extended solo on this live recording begins as Potter allows a motivic theme to unfold and build over the course of two minutes. There is much rhythmic interplay between Potter and Billy Kilson on drums. The band's intensity grows steadily, encouraging Potter to eventually unleash a fury of sixteenth-note runs and angry repeated riffs over driving backgrounds.
Reviewer: Jacob Teichroew