An acclaimed and prolific composer, band-leader, collaborator, and sideman, British born Dave Holland was the bassist who anchored one of the greatest eras in modern music and jazz when he joined Miles Davis in 1968 at age 22. His rhythmic and harmonic passages, rendered on upright and electric, on such seminal Miles sides including In A Silent Way (1969), Bitches Brew (1969), and Miles at The Fillmore East (1970) brilliantly tethered the artistry of Davis and his esteemed colleagues Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter, Tony Williams, Joe Zawinul, and Herbie Hancock, among many distinguished others.
Holland’s upright grooves in tandem with electric bassist Harvey Brooks on “Miles Runs the Voodoo Down,” “Spanish Key,” and “Pharaoh’s Dance” complete each other’s musical forays into the unknown. The Gateway trio, with Holland, guitarist John Abercrombie and drummer Jack DeJohnette waxed several essential releases from 1975 through 1995 which I highly recommend.
An indisputable jazz icon, Dave Holland's solo canon spans over twenty albums, mostly on the ECM imprint, and runs the voodoo down from solo bass to big band.