Dave Holland, Overtime

Britt Robson

By Britt Robson

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
The longstanding quintet takes on big band.

The brilliant decision to simply wrap big band instrumentation around the longstanding Dave Holland Quintet (the most comfortably intuitive small jazz ensemble of this millennium) gives the bassist-leader both a powerful rhythmic engine and tremendous maneuverability. Indeed, agile solos from Holland and drummer Billy Kilson (who left both of Holland's groups after this recording) are more plentiful than on the quintet discs, and Holland's magnificent, four-part, 51-minute “Monterey Suite” that opens Overtime provides a more expansive canvas for the larger band. The cherished hallmarks of the quintet — Steve Nelson's diaphanous vibes, Chris Potter's broken-field solos — still obtain, and flow into new territory with the addition of baritone sax and flugelhorn voicings, and greater centrifugal force. In other words, more seems to be better for Holland the composer, a 60-year old Hall of Famer who somehow hasn't stopped improving.