Dave Holland Octet: Pathways (2010) MP3/Flac

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 Smuylan’s baritone leads the melody with commanding solos. The horns riff hard while Nelson plays the vibraphone with a modernistic feel. Next up is “How’s Never?� 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 — specifically Hart on alto sax backed by Smulyan’s baritone — gets into the groove vein of greasy funk.
Dave Holland - bass
Antonio 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
01 Pathways
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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