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Not for Nothin'

Dave HollandAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Global Citizen11:12Album Only
listen  2. For All You Are 8:19Album Only
listen  3. Lost And Found 9:27Album Only
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listen  5. Billows Of Rhythm 6:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. What Goes Around13:04Album Only
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Amid endless choices, the sound of a Dave Holland bass line compels attention. A master of tone and rhythm, the bassist, composer, and bandleader is now in his fifth decade as a performer and his music possesses a rich and kaleidoscopic history. One of Holland’s mentors, the affably sage-like saxophonist Sam Rivers, gave him a tip once. “Sam said, ‘Don’t leave anything ... Read more in Amazon's Dave Holland Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 21, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: ECM Records
  • ASIN: B00005ND34
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The British-born bassist, composer, and bandleader Dave Holland was a key figure in Miles Davis's high-flying fusion groups of the '60s and '70s. He's played with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Chick Corea, and many young lions such as Steve Coleman and Tonight Show drummer Marvin "Smitty" Smith played in his bands in the '80s. This splendid CD teams Holland with alto/soprano/tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, the marvelous vibraphonist Steve Nelson, trombonist Robin Eubanks, and drummer Billy Kilson. Holland is an inventive and engaging composer, and he arguably has the deepest bass sound in the music. Everything he writes swings and grooves--from the dancing Afro-Caribbean-tinged numbers "Global Citizen" and "Lost and Found" to the exotic Saharan syncopations on "Shifting Sands" to the rapid-fire tempo on "Cosmosis." Sonically embellished by Potter's elliptical solos, Nelson's shimmering lines, Eubanks bravado 'bone bursts, and Kilson's rhythmic labyrinths, Dave Holland's sure-handed bass tones lay the foundation for some good jazz music. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what can't they do? September 1, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Dave Holland and company have done it again. This disc is quite similar to Prime Directive (as one might expect), with 5 compositions by Holland, and each member of his group contributing a composition of his own. As usual, the group sails through just about any style or time signature, thanks in no small part to one of the jazz worlds finest rhythm sections. There's also plenty of interplay between Chris Potter and Robin Eubanks, as there was on Prime Directive, and Potter's playing on this session is some of his best ever recorded (his composition is fantastic as well). Dave Himself delivers some great rhythmic support as well as some fine soloing (except for one nasty out of tune note at the beginning of track 2 - oops), and drummer Billy Kilson is definately taking his vitimans. Steve's mallet playing seems more focused here than on P.D. and he adds some rotovibe effect on some tunes, which is a nice addition. Holland's latest group has been one of the most intriguing and innovative in the jazz world during the past 4 years, and this CD keeps up the group's impressive legacy. Get this disc and go see them live if you can - quite an experience.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good it surprises me every time November 4, 2001
By G B
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There's a lot of things I like hearing in jazz -- improvisation that takes chances or goes a little "out", memorable compositions and melodies, a great sense of groove, ballads ("Shifting Sands"), fast swingers ("Cosmosis"), complex interplay between great musicians, unpredictability, high energy, a mix of the earthy and the cerebral -- the list goes on and on. The great thing about Not for Nothin' (and its equally great predecessor, Prime Directive) is that in under 75 minutes, it covers all these bases. This is a group that's not afraid to venture into semi-free territory and then mix it with some of the catchiest, most upbeat tunes since Weather Report; that can toss in funk, Afro-Latin and rock rhythms while swinging all the way and never sounding stiff. Billy Kilson will be the first guy you'll notice, as his drumming is really outstanding. Robin Eubanks (trombone) and Chris Potter (saxophones) make a great frontline, whether they are soloing individually or engaged in a boisterous dialogue. Steve Nelson, on marimba and vibes, is a sort of antithesis to the other guys, always calming down the music. And of course, Dave Holland provides the backbone as well as 5 of the killer compositions on this album. Eubanks's grooving "Global Citizen" is a personal favorite, as is Holland's slightly sinister "What Goes Around" and Nelson's dreamy "Go Fly a Kite". The music never ceases to surprise me. An addictive album by one of the best groups around today.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Holland Quintet Continues its Stellar Trajectory! October 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Another superb, quality release from, arguably, the strongest ensemble working in Jazz today. Taking off from where the quintet's previous disc "Prime Directive" led, this release oozes class from the sax/trombone/vibes foreground to the bass/percussion rhythm section. The sound is full and satisfying with all five musicians working hard but cooperatively throughout. Individually the members of the quintet are outstanding musicians but most importantly they manage to retain their musical character while playing brilliantly off each other too.
The music is at time driving and at times relective and lush but always outstandingly musical. Hidden depths are revealed through repeated listening and the themes and hooks will reel in the unsuspecting listener after a few auditions.
In my opinion this is the most creative and accomplished unit in Jazz today - looking forward to find new ways to express their musical ideas but always retaining a sympathetic musical appeal which makes the music accessible.
Dave Holland pulls out another masterpiece and earns a unhesitating "Buy" recommendation from this reviewer!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Heavyweight Champ December 6, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Ne Plus Ultra of of modern jazz, certainly one of the best jazz records of the past few years and easily the best from this version of the Dave Holland groups. Which is saying something because 'Points of View' and 'Prime Directive' were excellent recordings. The Quintet has hit it's stride partially through the addition of Chris Potter, who is already a strong individual voice and is a great musical fit with hornmate Robin Eubanks and seems a genetic match for Hollands brand of driving, rhythmic ensemble play. Billy Kilson will not be the ideal jazz drummer for everyone's taste, but he is the ideal partner for Holland; assured, uncomplicated, incredibly tight with the bassist. And as for the leader, probably the greatest testament to his musicianship is that he is the engine that drives this group yet his playing is so unobtrusive - a musician's musician.
For those familiar with this group, the sound and the quality of the pieces is the same. In fact, I'm hard-pressed to distinguish one track from another via title, but that is yet another tribute to this group. The tunes are pleasing, but they really exist to provide a framework for great ensemble playing and soloing. And while the veneer of sound may be polished enough for a few minutes on 'fuzack' radio, the fire, timbral and harmonic daring set the 'M' in Modern. Cool, funky, fiery, witty, great jazz music for the start of the 21st century.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
My first Holland album, and almost certainly my last. Should you wish to dismiss me as someone who simply doesn't know enough to judge, well, go ahead -- but Tom Harrell's my guy... Read more
Published 17 months ago by robgrave
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Sonic Tapestries and Shifting Rhythms
Master bassist Dave Holland has been playing with this same group (Chris Potter on saxophones, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Steve Nelson on vibes and marimba, and Billy Kilson on... Read more
Published on July 17, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
4.0 out of 5 stars Is sure somethin'
Holland is working with an adept enough crew to walk the fine line between intriguing composition and high-noodling gracefully and playfully enough to virtually erase any solo... Read more
Published on June 29, 2009 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
I bought this on the strength of the opening cut, which I had heard a few times recently on XM radio. The rest of the CD is just as good as the opener. Read more
Published on October 10, 2005 by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Innovative Jazz
This is a very exciting album. The writting on it is very intelligent. The polyphonic playing between Eubanks and Potter on Shifting Sands is great. Read more
Published on August 28, 2005 by Sor_Fingers
2.0 out of 5 stars ONE DIMENSIONAL-- TOO LIMITED
Reading the glowing reviews of others, I can't believe we're listening to the same CD. My problem is that the vibraphone by its nature sucks all the attention in its direction. Read more
Published on December 10, 2004 by Crabby Apple Mick Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT ENOUGH SUPERLATIVES...
This album is absolutely one of the best jazz recordings I've ever heard - I've had it for over a month now, and after repeated listenings, I'm nowhere NEAR being tired of it. Read more
Published on July 25, 2004 by Larry L. Looney
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, but not like the "live" version...
This band is a great but the songs are a bit too perfect here in the studio... I suggest getting the double CD called "Extended Play" featuring the same line-up with a... Read more
Published on October 6, 2003 by T. Klaase
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's My Two Cents
I think anyone who wouldn't give this CD a five star rating is frickin' crazy. I am, myself, a jazz musician and would like to think I know what I'm talking about. Read more
Published on August 25, 2003 by Kyle J. Moffatt
4.0 out of 5 stars Seen them live!
I actually have not heard this CD, but I saw them live (in Green Bay, WI!) and heard some of the cuts. Read more
Published on March 14, 2003 by EugeSchu
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