Dave Holland: The Razor's Edge


The Razor's Edge


Dave Holland Big Band


What Goes Around (ECM 1777)

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Dave Holland (bass), Steve Nelson (vibes), Duane Eubanks (trumpet),

Earl Gardner, Alex Sipiagin (trumpets), Robin Eubanks, Andre Hayward, Josh Roseman (trombones), Antonio Hart, Mark Gross (alto saxes), Chris Potter (tenor sax), Gary Smulyan (baritone sax), Billy Kilson (drums)


Composed by Dave Holland


Recorded: New York, January 2001


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Veteran bassist Dave Holland assembled an all-star cast for this 2002 ECM release. Not only is this big band one of the best around in the new millennium, there's no piano—an absence that vibraphonist Steve Nelson uses to full advantage when heard. Holland's writing on this song is very reminiscent of Wayne Shorter, but with a more contemporary feel. Duane Eubanks plays a wonderful solo that is further accented by Nelson's vibes solo. Holland's skills as an arranger are especially displayed on the backgrounds, which sound like something you would hear in the opening sequence of a Hollywood spy thriller.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley

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