Personalities | Dave Holland | Seventies | Jazz & Blues
(Bass, b. 1946)
A professional musician since the age of 13 in his native Wolverhampton, England, Holland became one of jazz’s most in-demand bassists after Miles Davis persuaded him to emigrate to the US in 1968. Holland performed on two of Davis’s seminal studio recordings, In A Silent Way (1969) and Bitches Brew (1969), before leaving to co-found the quartet Circle. His debut recording as a leader, Conference Of The Birds (1972), is one of the era’s masterpieces. Having led two quintets and participated selectively in others’ projects, he started a distinctive big band in 1999.
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