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"Overtime" is another beautiful recording from an artist who understands the essence and improvisational beauty of Jazz. This music swings, grooves and stimulates. Just listen to the many exceptional solos from Chris Potter, Robin Eubanks and Antonio Hart. The magic happens at a higher level when they dialogue with each other. These musical conversations sound like two artist soloing at the same time, but if you listen closely, you can clearly hear the conversation and exchange between them. The glue to this entire approach is Billy Kilson's incredible rhythmic abilities. He knows when to push forward and when to back off to let the music simmer. The Chemistry between Holland, Kilson and Steve Nelson is magic. They take turns pushing the other musicians to stellar heights throughout the "Monterey Suite". Observe Kilson mixing it up with Potter and Eubanks on "Bring It On" and again on "Free for All". Nelson sparkles on the Marimba in between the solos. The darting & stabbing brass on "Happy Jammy" sets up a fast-paced swirling Gary Hart Soprano solo that echoes Wayne Shorter's best Weather Report performances. This track comes to a rollicking end that left me breathless. The remaining tracks are strong & cohesive.Read more ›
Holland's playing is prodigious and seemingly unlimited in imagination and facility, as usual. Hats off to Kilson on drums, who seems to have fulfilled a great deal of his considerable promise on this record. He combines a strong fusion-funk groove with the rhythmic freedom and cymbal-expressiveness of T. Williams and E. Jones, a manic sense of constant motion, split-second free-association and a sense of humor. Not many drummers can play this relentlessly and stay both innovative and tuned-in to the band. I love it, and I'm still trying to count some of those measures!
But in no way are these albums interchangable. Holland's work on both these sets is so advanced and intreging, you can listen to these back to back for days on end, in awe of his ability to take a sound, and wind endless, facinating permutations.
Basically, these are long pieces, with long intros, and winding middle sections. In music, most parts of a song run in eight bar cycles. Here, one part can take five minutes to unfold--running through many messures before establishing a pattern. As listeners to rock and blues and tradtional jazz, our ears and minds are not trained for Holland's musical mazes. So hearing the compositions unfold can be jarring, confusing, even to music addicts to whom normal cadance is as natrual as breath. The normal instinct is to put this album aside and run to something more comfortable.
THe playing on this is so good, and the music so magnetic, slowly, with incerasingly loving attention, you are able to internalize this new feel, and are drawn in to every nook and cranny of this heart that beats a little different.
This is not a thinking process, but one of absortion. Holland throws in plenty of yummy hooks to grab us. Listen to the end of "Montaray Suite, pt. 2.' There is a bass and drum duel that, frankly, reminds me of Redding and Mitchel on Hendrix's "If 6 Was 9." (What do you think young Dave was listening to all those years ago?) The interplay here is rocky, bluesy, polyrythmic and simply astounding.Read more ›
What a disappointment. Some of the playing is top notch, especially Billy Kilson and Robin Eubanks, but the writing is unmemorable and overwrought, and the band's ensemble work never seems to catch fire. Recommended for drum fans (Kilson is an amazing player) but for anyone else looking for a modern big band recording, I'd advise checking out Maria Schneider, Ernie Krivda, or Bob Mintzer instead.
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My son is on this recording with DH. Jon Arons on trombonePublished 1 month ago by Raymond R. Arons
Some of the tastier big band in town, Holland once again proves how to emulate many styles of approach without seeming the slightest bit redundant or derivative- something I've had... Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by IRate
I'm a great fan of Dave Holland's small groups and his earlier big band CD, which was an extension of his small groups, but the charts for this session are truly pedestrian. Read morePublished on December 29, 2008 by Big A
This may be and probably is the best piece of music that I have ever bought! The interactions between the players and the precision while yet seemingly spontaneous is remarkable! Read morePublished on April 5, 2006 by Elliott Hampton
This is the best big band CD I've heard in quite some time!. The brass section is outstanding and Dave on Bass and Billy Kilson on Drums really keep the music moving! Read morePublished on March 31, 2006 by kenabike
having heard live mingus, basie, ellington, and a bit jaded about jazz these days...many listeners, that is, of 'that generation' are content staying home listening to old record... Read morePublished on September 7, 2005 by Case Quarter
Listening to Overtime by Dave Holland places me in a very good space. The playing, material and quality of recording are all of the highest order; which still falls short of... Read morePublished on August 22, 2005 by andrew Kingson
I've been a big Dave Holland fan for several years, and I loved What Goes Around, as well his quintet recordings. Overtime just seems flat to me in comparison. Read morePublished on March 10, 2005 by Ty-Guy