DAVE HOL­LAND OCTET Path­ways (Dare2 Records)

Pasatiempo - - Pasa Tempos -

Recorded live at Bird­land in New York City, Path­ways cap­tures a dy­na­mite set with lots of brass glo­ri­ously off­set by Steve Nel­son’s vibes, Dave Hol­land’s bass, and Nate Smith’s drums. The bright sound of Hol­land’s combo is heard with the first notes of the ti­tle song. There is an en­gag­ing solo by bari­tone sax­o­phon­ist Gary Smulyan, one of the “guests” (with trum­peter Alex Sip­i­a­gin and alto sax man An­to­nio Hart) who ex­pand Hol­land’s work­ing quin­tet (which also in­cludes tenor/so­prano sax­o­phon­ist Chris Pot­ter and trom­bon­ist Robin Eubanks) into an octet. This is one hot group, led by a jazz vet­eran vir­tu­oso — fo­cus­ing your at­ten­tion on Hol­land, as on his in­tros to “How’s Never” and “Shadow Dance,” is al­ways grat­i­fy­ing and of­ten ex­cit­ing. Smulyan has an­other strong, al­though more ro­man­tic, role on “Blue Jean” (with Sip­i­a­gin on fluegel­horn). The Pot­ter tune “Sea of Mar­mara” opens dream­ily but, like most of the mu­sic here, it flow­ers dy­nam­i­cally. “Ebb and Flow” fea­tures stun­ning group work, with an in­ven­tive, swinging bass solo amid­ships and some stir­ring uni­son play­ing on the way to a cli­mac­tic end­ing. The 15-minute closer is “Shadow Dance,” which Hol­land first recorded on his 1983 de­but Jumpin’

In. Nel­son is en­tranc­ing on marimba and vibes, and the bassist and drum­mer keep the groove jump­ing for ex­hil­a­rat­ing work­outs by all five horns. — Paul Wei­de­man

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.