This early solo track from Dave Holland is among his most virtuosic and most organic. Holland freely improvises, alternating between lyrical sections and purely textural areas in a way that seems to evolve naturally. He employs certain "new music" techniques, such as slap pizzicato (à la Bartók) and playing arco and pizz simultaneously. Some of these devices later became clichés, but Holland is, to my knowledge, the first jazz player to use these means, and he does so in a very effective and fresh way. Few solo bass recordings are as mesmerizing as this.
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