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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
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.Read more ›
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Another great Dave Holland album, with Kevin Eubanks rocking out a liitle bit on guitar.Published 5 months ago by Tim Nyborg
I saw this band twice in a year and a half time span. Kick A$$ in a big way. Kevin Eubanks.....whew!Published 8 months ago by cwaduke
This has quickly become one of my favorites. Everyone is a beast on this, and have always been a Dave Holland fan, but I'm a huge Eric Harland fan now because of it.Published 18 months ago by @tarik_a
anything after a while gets old, so i guess it was time for holland to try something new. like the legendary quintet led by miles davis, of shorter, hancock, williams and carter,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Case Quarter
Really great recording,. This is not straight ahead Jazz, but uses Jazz format and instrumentation. The tunes have multiple influences and there are tinges of folk, rock, ballads... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Eugene