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  • Audio CD (September 3, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dare2 Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,627 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In the 40 years since Dave Holland's recording debut as a leader with his landmark recording Conference Of The Birds he has produced a remarkable series of recordings documenting his musical journey. For Prism, his 2013 recording, he's assembled a quartet of outstanding players and composers who are also leaders in their own right, Kevin Eubanks on guitar, Craig Taborn on piano and Fender Rhodes and Eric Harland on drums. The recording is representative of the wide range of musical references that these musicians incorporate into their music and it features compositions written by each of them for the group.

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Is the perfect prism that make different colors in each composition.
Manuel Grosso Galvan
Highly recommended, I would love to have a chance to hear some of this music live.
S. Jones
Kevin Eubanks is an amazing guitarist and I loved the electric piano work.
Joni H

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By S. Finefrock VINE VOICE on September 6, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Wow, I've just finished listening to this for the first time and I'm quite impressed. In name, this is a Dave Holland album, but it could be the work of any of the four talented musicians, or just fall under the band name Prism. I've been a huge fan of Holland for years, and outside of Mingus he is my favorite on the bass. The more I hear of Craig Taborn the more I'm amazed and he is shooting up my list of favorites on the keyboard. Quite frankly, Eric Harland is my favorite drummer, he is simply amazing, combining propulsion, inventive fills and a shape-shifting sense of time while never calling undue attention to himself, hw takes the magic of Tony Williams into new lands. I'm only somewhat familiar with Kevein Eubanks, but his performace here keeps pace and sometimes outshines the aforementioned musicians. Did I say i was impressed?

This is more of a fusion album than Holland has been involved in for quite a long time. The musics swings, funks it up and rocks pretty hard. All four musicians contribute songs and the music covers a wide spectrum from the angular THE TRUE MEANING OF DETERMINATION to the churchy feel of CHOIR, to the lucid THE COLOR OF IRIS, to the blissful closing BREATHE. I am looking forward to more in depth listening to this fine release. Yep, impressive
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Steve Wyzard on September 23, 2013
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In spite of the hype, this is not a fusion album. The days of swirling organs, acid-inflected screaming guitars, and blustery drums mixed with exotic substances, inner enlightenment, and science fiction crossovers are dead and gone. Please listen to this album as simply a 2013 electric jazz set.

The fusion rumors surfaced when people noticed that for the first time in decades, a Dave Holland-led album did not feature any trumpets, saxes, or trombones, nor was it a big band album. While there are references to past ensembles and recordings (such as Holland's 1990 Extensions album, or Eubanks' 1992 Turning Point album), Prism is something radically different and new, and at 70:07 will repay many years of listening.

With Craig Taborn on piano and Fender Rhodes, Kevin Eubanks on guitars, and Eric Harland on drums, there is plenty of soloing for everyone, yet no one dominates. Wait until you hear Eubanks' twisted, distorted lines on "The Watcher", the Leslie-cabinet effect on "Choir", the Gibson hollow-body sound on the spooky "The Color of Iris", and the Wah-Wah pedal on "Breathe". More than just a non-stop soloist, he often doubles the melody lines with Taborn. Eric Harland is quite simply amazing, especially in a rimshot solo at the end of "Evolution". Taborn is the "most free" of this incomparable quartet: the quirky stops and starts of "Spirals" and the towering solos he plays on "The True Meaning of Determination" and "Evolution" are awe-inspiring.

And what of Holland himself? As always, he's the bedrock beneath the terra firma. His all-too-rare solos sound so effortless that they almost defer attention. In spite of throwing jabs like a heavyweight champ, the listener can almost take his lines for granted, so cohesively do they mesh into the musical fabric.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth G. Monroe on October 4, 2013
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They are an unbeatable combination. This is a great recording, very different from Dave's recent work. Brings me back to the Extensions album which is one of my all time favorite Dave Holland records. Thanks Dave!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth E. Clark on September 13, 2013
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Can I give this SIX stars? THIS MUSICS' GOT MEAT. You wanna groove, swing,tap your foot? Listen to it over and over. I have almost everything Mr. Holland has done and he continues to bring a smile to my face. He once again is surrounding himself with great players who are leaders in their own right. Eric Harland just keeps on impressing. I have seen him play with Mr. Holland and always enjoy watching & listening to his playing. Kevin Eubanks is just a monster guitarist who many don't realize how good he is. This is my first taste of Craig Taborn and he appears to be everything (and more)that I keep reading about him. Love his Fender Rhodes playing. The music just soars. If you haven't ever heard Mr.Holland play like this may I suggest listening to Gateway I & Gateway II (the tune Nexus), any electric Miles he was involved with and his earlier quartet with Kevin Eubanks, Marvin Smitty Smith & Steve Coleman (Extensions).I can't wait to see these guys when they get to New York. I hope there is more coming.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Goldstein on October 13, 2013
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Who knew that fusion was in the past of DH? I surely didn't - but, in this CD he re-sets the fusion bar (without any lose of jazzy development) in a way (both harmonic and instrumentally) that was never done previously byt his fusionisnta fore bearers (here I mean Weather Report, Chick Corea, or even the Bitches Brewer, himself - which did include, unbeknownst to me, Mr DH). DH, and ensemble (who knew Kevin Eubanks could get down like that? - certainly not I, from his stints on late night TV) go where no fusion band has gone before - and reach new heights, sounds, intensity -while coasting along neatly on a melange of textured rhythmic and harmonic adventures; while emanating and transcending from the pentatonic regions of Guitar-shrederosity, this CD goes way beyond, in melody, texture and harmonic explorations, than any other prior (fusion) ensemble, so keyed by six string slinger-ism. Moments of transcendence and musical apotheosis evolve through complex rhythmic interactions and the tunes develop and expand both within and from a strong driving rhythmic component (but hey, I've never been disappointed by Eric Harland's drumming, ever, whether with the Oakland Symphony or local jazz chantreuse - and he continues to power this ensemble thoroughly, with elegance...for my taste, yeah, you better beware, Mr Baker - EH has it all here). And so do his compatriots in sound - there are several adventurous forays on the keyboard that remain within and support so well the whole context of the effort - truely a remarkable ensemble excursion. I would have love to be in the room when this was going down.Read more ›
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