Finding The Light with Bass Icon Dave Holland, on The Checkout

Jul 3, 2018

Dave Holland keeps it moving. After being active in music for well over half a century, the English bass legend is arguably busier and more open-minded than ever — collaborating with musical masters from India and Tunisia as well as the United States.


The Checkout caught up with Holland, a 2017 NEA Jazz Master, at the Soleil St. Lucia Summer Festival. We talked about his many musical endeavors in the works: Crosscurrents, a worldly all-star unit featuring tabla master Zakir Hussain and saxophonist Chris Potter; a separate group with oud master Anour Brahem and drummer Jack DeJohnette; and a free-improvising collective with saxophonist Evan Parker, pianist Craig Taborn and drummer Ches Smith.

That ensemble has a new double album, Uncharted Territories, just out on Holland’s label, Dare2. We discussed that release as well as Holland’s personal life, and how it factors into a gorgeous compositions like “Finding The Light.”

The Dave Holland, Zakir Hussain & Chris Potter Trio performs on July 4 at the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Music featured in this program includes:
Dave Holland Quartet, “Q & A” from Conference of the Birds (ECM)
Dave Holland, “Q & A” from Uncharted Territories (Dare2)
Dave Holland, “Piano, Bass, Percussion T1” from Uncharted Territories (Dare2)
Dave Holland Quartet, “Conference of the Birds” from Conference of the Birds (ECM)
Crosscurrents with Dave Holland, Shankar Mahadevan, Chris Potter and Zakir Hussain, “Radhe Rani” from recording at Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Anouar Brahem, “Blue Maqams” from Blue Maqams (ECM)
Aziza, “Finding The Light” from Aziza (Dare2)
Aziza, “Walkin’ The Walk” from Aziza (Dare2)

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