Dave Holland //AZIZA with Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke, Eric Harland // Crosscurrents Trio w/ Chris Potter and Zakir Hussain
DAVE HOLLAND is a bassist, composer, bandleader whose passion for musical expression of all styles, and dedication to creating consistently innovative music ensembles have propelled a professional career of more than 50 years and earned him top honors in his field including multiple Grammy awards and the title of NEA Jazz Master in 2017. Holland stands as a guiding light on acoustic and electric bass, having grown up in an age when musical genres—jazz, rock, funk, avant-garde, folk, electronic music, and others—blended freely together to create new musical pathways. He was a leading member of a generation that helped usher jazz bass playing from its swing and post-bop legacy to the vibrancy and multidiscipline excitement of the modern era, extending the instrument’s melodic, expressive capabilities. Holland’s virtuosic technique and rhythmic feel, informed by an open-eared respect of a formidable spread of styles and sounds, is widely revered and remains much in demand. To date, His playing can be heard on hundreds of recordings, with more than thirty as a leader under his own name.
AZIZA is the worldly modern-jazz supergroup — the critically acclaimed collective of Dave created with the saxophonist CHRIS POTTER, the guitarist LIONEL LOUEKE and the drummer ERIC HARLAND. The four toured widely before recording their self-titled debut. The album, and their live performances, has every granite-carved rhythmic vamp accruing many subtleties of texture and inflection, and any solo heroics (of which there’s no shortage) are absorbed into a larger flow.
Under the collective group name of CROSSCURRENTS, DAVE HOLLAND, ZAKIR HUSSAIN, and CHRIS POTTER released Good Hope, a monumental and exceptional album that inspired and excited a global audience with its formidable display of virtuosity, brilliance, and sophisticated musical language.
Featuring giants of American and Indian music, Good Hope is an album built on deep mutual respect, a shared love of the music, and a dedication to musical and cultural integration. Masterfully crafted around eight compositions, with contributions from each member of the trio, Good Hope’s brilliance, musical vision, and execution are world-class.