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Dave Holland

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Wolverhampton, England (1946 – present)

Dave Holland (born October 1, 1946) is a British and who is a significant representative of .

Born in Wolverhampton, England, Holland learned to play bass as a child, and spent three years studying the instrument at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. By 1967 he was a regular player at Ronnie Scott’s, the premier jazz club in London, backing visiting musicians. He was also involved in the London scene around the drummer John Stevens, and performed on the Spontaneous Music Ensemble’s classic 1968 album Karyobin. That same year, Miles Davis and Philly Joe Jones heard him playing at Ronnie Scott’s, and Jones told Holland that Davis wanted him to join his band (replacing Ron Carter). Davis left the UK before Holland could contact him directly, and two weeks later Holland was given three days’ notice to fly to New York for an engagement at Count Basie’s nightclub. He arrived the night before, staying with Jack DeJohnette, a previous acquaintance. The following day Herbie Hancock took him to the club, and his two years with Davis began. This was also Hancock’s last gig as Davis’s pianist, as he left afterwards for a honeymoon in Brazil and was replaced by Chick Corea when he couldn’t return for an engagement due to illness. Holland’s first recordings with Davis were in September 1968, for half of the album Filles De Kilimanjaro (with Davis, Corea, Wayne Shorter and Tony Williams).

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  • CosmicPi

    Brilliant guy.

    4 May 4:23pm Reply
  • luwer

    The new record is brilliant. a great composer and a great, great player

    29 Apr 12:43pm Reply
  • Kubstofferson

    Prism is so badass

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Theeboon

    He always works with insane drummers. Learned a lot from his period with Miles I think.

    8 May 2012 Reply
  • Vidreven

    V Yes, I just listened to What Goes Around and it is awesome.

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • marcojpjb

    His Big Band's "What Goes Around" album is awesome.

    12 Nov 2011 Reply
  • te_a_fatige

    holy garbage chutes this man is incredible as both a bassist and composer. i had no idea he was part of the making of Filles de Kilimanjaro, easily one of the best (if not the best) of Davis' latter works. that and Conference of the Birds are two immense pieces (though divergent styles, of course).

    1 Aug 2011 Reply
  • ArtRuf

    прекрасная музыка...

    24 Mar 2011 Reply
  • jazzko

    Last concert in Prague 27.5.2009 was my best live jazz experience, I remember till today, it was amazing...thank you, Dave, Chris, Natan, Kevin....

    21 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Strontium114

    Happy birthday Dave!

    1 Oct 2010 Reply
  • igloodude

    The drummer on Critical Mass TEARS IT UP.

    15 Sep 2010 Reply
  • insomniacme

    holland played a great cello in his improvs with bailey

    23 Jul 2010 Reply
  • barrospablito

    @Sckxyss Great albums made by ECM, especially, try "Extended Play: Live at Birdland".

    24 May 2010 Reply
  • Sckxyss

    Has he done anything as good as or similar to Conference of the Birds?

    23 May 2010 Reply
  • atroopofechoes

    I LOVE DAVE HOLLAND. So epic, so classy. Maybe he would like our band? http://atroopofechoes.com

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • abombregardless

    New album as an octet is beautiful. At the same quality people have come to expect.

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • funkatram

    the name of the group is clearly 'dave holland quintet'. why is it being corrected to 'dave holland'? in the favor of popularity? such bullshit.

    7 Apr 2010 Reply
  • vtrane

    new album out this month!! "Pathways" with and expanded horn section. WOOT!

    3 Mar 2010 Reply
  • dantemm

    Great show last night at Portland Jazz Fest... http://jazzsick.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/holland-pdxjazz/ ~Dan

    28 Feb 2010 Reply
  • Patissone

    Great to see Jugglers Parade on the first position in top tracks. It proves my opinion. Absolutely the best is to hear it live from Extended Play album. Billy Kilson and his drums solo...

    26 Sep 2008 Reply
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