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Dave Holland Quintet to Perform
March 14 at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: March 1, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — The Dave Holland Quintet will kick off the 35th annual Jazz Festival at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Thursday, March 14.
The Artists Series performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.
One of the most widely respected bass players and improvisers in jazz, Dave Holland has attained a new plateau of public popularity and critical acclaim with his current quintet. All three of the group's albums - "Points of View" (1998), "Prime Directive" (2000) and "Not For Nothin'" (2001) - have been nominated for Grammy Awards.
"It's not simply that bassist Dave Holland's quintet is different; its excellence is more about how many different elements the group incorporates into every single piece it plays," wrote music critic Bob Protzman, who calls the quintet "perhaps the best small group in jazz."
Each member of the quintet is a leader in his own right: trombonist Robin Eubanks, drummer Billy Kilson, vibist Steve Nelson, and saxophonist Chris Potter.
Formed in 1997, the Dave Holland Quintet has made its mark by insisting on being a group in an age of all-star projects, and by the time-honored route of going on the road and staying there. Itineraries have taken the group all over North and South America, Europe and Asia, including a tour of China. Despite the individual members' crowded schedules, each makes the quintet a priority. This year they have been doing triple time with Holland, also appearing as members of his newly formed octet and big band.
From his early days in London accompanying masters like Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster, through his work with Miles Davis' trailblazing ensembles of the late '60s, his long association with Sam Rivers in the 1970s, and many other jazz notables, Dave Holland has performed with those who occupy the loftiest realms of creativity and acclaim. Betty Carter, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, Jack DeJohnette, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano and Gary Burton are among those with whom Holland has often exchanged musical ideas as co-leader or sideman.
Holland's discography includes work on recordings with Chick Corea, Circle, Derek Bailey, Barre Phillips, Gateway, Collin Walcott, Tomasz Stanko, Keith Jarrett and many others. Holland received a second Grammy nomination this year for his work on Roy Haynes' "Birds of a Feather: A Tribute to Charlie Parker."
"The groups I've always admired were like Ellington's or Miles' bands," Holland said recently, "groups of strong individuals who were focused around a musical idea. I've always looked for strong players who would bring something to the table. What's happened in terms of the evolution of my group is that it's become clear what the character of the group is and what its unique aspects are. Now we can take advantage of that in the writing and presentation of the music.
"We've discovered many things about the band," Holland says, "and many things about each other - not only about the individuals but the relationship between the individuals that can be explored in the compositions. How Billy plays with Steve, how Robin plays with Chris, and what it sounds like when Robin and I play together - different aspects of the group that can be explored. The band is still growing and expanding its ideas and interpretations and the music we're writing is taking advantage of that."
Admission is $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.
Patrons may also charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 - or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: March 1, 2002