Dave Holland Quintet | Mandel Hall, University of Chicago | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Dave Holland Quintet All Ages Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. 2009

For last year’s Pass It On (Dare2/Emarcy) bassist Dave Holland stepped out of his long-term quintet, forming a sextet with less frequent collaborators (and quintet trombonist Robin Eubanks), and it’s resulted in his best record in more than a decade. Though Holland has recorded seven of his eight originals from this album for previous discs, the new lineup not only does a bang-up job revitalizing the old tunes (the arrangements make the band sound larger than it is) but also gives him a kick in the ass, inspiring some of his fieriest, most inventive playing in years. Tonight he brings back the quintet—Eubanks, saxophonist Chris Potter, vibist Steve Nelson, and drummer Nate Smith—which remains a strong group despite its recent drift toward predictability. (If anything these guys are a bit too good at Holland’s style, which is to build melodies from contrapuntal front-line riffs.) Here’s hoping Holland will be the one to give his band a kick in the ass this time. —Peter Margasak

Price: $30, $10 for students

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