The Dave Holland Quintet
Dave Holland, bass
Chris Potter, saxophones
Robin Eubanks, trombone
Steve Nelson, vibraphone
Nate Smith, drums
Now in his 5th decade of performing, Holland is one of the grand masters of modern jazz, and his bass playing and composing is without equal. From his early days with Miles Davis to his Grammy Award-winning big band recordings (2002 and 2005), Holland has consistently changed the game at every turn.
Holland was a student at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, playing gigs at night, when Miles Davis heard him at Ronnie Scott’s nightclub. Miles hired him to be a part of his quintet, and Holland left immediately for New York. Dave was the bass player on Davis’ influential electric recordings: In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew and the sublime Filles de Kilimanjaro. After leaving the Miles group, Holland moved on to a number of projects, working with artists like Anthony Braxton and Sam Rivers. His debut recording as a leader, Conference of the Birds, was released in 1972.
The current Dave Holland Quintet is a perfect representation of Holland’s stature in the jazz world, and is one of the most exciting acoustic ensembles performing today. Each member has a solo career of his own, but collectively create something very powerful.