In his latest release, Pathways, bassist Dave Holland shapes his octet into a groove-heavy, blue-flame intensity with writing that is state-of-the-art hard bop. "Pathways" opens the album with the horns setting the pace as SmuylanвЂ™s baritone leads the melody with commanding solos. The horns riff hard while Nelson plays the vibraphone with a modernistic feel. Next up is вЂњHowвЂ™s Never?вЂ� Holland starts it off with a bass solo as Nate Smith eases in with some rhythm. The marimba gives it a sophisticated feel but the horns вЂ” specifically Hart on alto sax backed by SmulyanвЂ™s baritone вЂ” gets into the groove vein of greasy funk.
Dave Holland - bassAntonio Hart - Alto Sax and Flute
Chris Potter - Tenor Sax and Soprano Sax
Gary Smulyan - Baritone Sax
Alex "Sasha" Sipiagin - Trumpet & Flugelhorn
Robin Eubanks - Trombone
Steve Nelson - Vibraphone and Marimba
Nate Smith - drums
02 How's Never?
03 Sea of Marmara
04 Ebb and Flow
05 Blue Jean
06 Wind Dance
07 Shadow Dance
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