Two Sides of Dave Holland
Mino Cinelu, Kevin Eubanks & Dave Holland
World Trio, Intuition Music CD INT 2152 2, 1995
Ones All, Intuition
Music CD INT 2148 2, 1995 (57:18)
Bassist Dave Holland was born in Wolverhampton,
England in 1946 and took up the ukulele at the age of four.
At 10 he switched to guitar and finally to bass at 13. The
self-taught bassist left school at 15 in order to work
full-time as a musician, and then joined the Guildhall
School on a full scholarship in 1964. His early influences
include Charles Mingus, Jimmy Garrison, and Ron Carter.
Holland toured with Miles Davis for two years performing on
both bass and cello. Among those who hes worked
include Thelonious Monk, Betty Carter, Stan Getz, Chick
Corea, and Anthony Braxton.
Holland is now among the most dynamic bass players in
jazz, and in these two recordings he provides a unique
perspective on his enormous talent. In a trio, Holland
supplies the bands stability as well as its depth; as
a soloist, he finds a way to make music come alive from four
With World Trio, Holland joins guitarist
Kevin Eubanks and percussionist Mino Cinelu to provide a
rich collection of original compositions that seems to work
especially well in a trio settingeach musician having
an equal and integral part in the effort. Eubanks day
gig is as maestro of The Tonight Show band ever since
Brandford Marsalis moved on some time ago. In spite of his
affable and sometimes silly persona as Jay Lenos
sidekick during monologues, Eubanks demonstrates a serious
craftsman at work on this recording. Even if television
viewers were treated to more of the talented late night jazz
band, I doubt we would hear the depth of Eubanks
ability in so large an ensemble. It is in an intimate trio
setting such as this where he best demonstrates his subtle
mastery of the acoustic guitar.
On Hollands "Dr. Do-Right"my
runaway favorite on the CDEubanks plucks and bends the
strings with wild abandon, yet never strays far from the
melody. All the while Holland and Cinelu provide the perfect
percussive accompaniment. Cinelu rarely solos, but he begins
"Will o the Wisp" to set the stage for
Eubanks and Holland to join him in the fun. He even provides
some chanting to punctuate all the drumming and shaking.
All of the songs are original compositions and written
by individual members of the band. Eubanks
"Eulogy," which is dedicated to David Eubanks,
makes a nice parting tribute to finish the recording. This
is a terrific CD!
Listening to Ones All takes a bit more
patience, since Holland performs entirely alone. The bass is
central to jazz because it is the very center upon which
every other instrument revolves. In spite of this, it is
also the instrument least likely to stand out on its own.
Ive witnessed people nodding off during bass solos at
jazz clubs, and to entirely appreciate what Holland provides
here may take another bassist. Nevertheless, Holland evokes
enormous talent and its easy to hear the mastery he
has over his ax.
Standards such as Mingus "Pork Pie Hat"
and John Coltranes "Mr. P.C." are certainly
the most accessible, since they are also the most familiar.
On these it is also easiest to hear why Holland is able to
make the compositions so fresh. He has a way of finding the
essence of a song, making it personal and fresh, and then
bringing it to life entirely through an acoustic
bass. Mark Craemer
Mino Cinelu, percussion; Kevin Eubanks, acoustic
guitars; Dave Holland, bass.
Produced by Cinelu, Eubanks, Holland. Recorded and mixed
at Sound On Sound in New York City.
The Palantir The Whirling
Dervish Over There Will o the
Wisp Dr. Do-Right The
Arch Mage Blue Jean
Seven Rings Eulogy
Dave Holland, bass.
Produced by David and Clare Holland. Recorded and
mastered at Sear Sound in New York City in May 1993.
Homecoming Three Step Dance Pork
Pie Hat Jumpin In
Reminiscence Mr. P.C. Little
Girl Ill Miss You Cashel
Blues For C.M. Pass It
On God Bless The Child