This Jazz DVD concert gem, Dave Holland Quintet: Vortex, stars the Grammy Award winning Quintet at the peak of musical maturity: merging passion and logic, spontaneity and group interplay with sparkling clarity. Featuring Dave Holland (Bass), Kenny Wheeler (Trumpet), Robin Eubanks (Trombone), Steve Coleman (Alto Sax), and Marvin “Smitty” Smith (Drums) of Tonight Show with Jay Leno fame, this delightful DVD showcases each musician working as a cog in the delightful engine of Swing, relating his phrasing to the supple beat laid down by Holland and Smith.
“Jazz’s premier modern bassist” – The New Yorker
Without a piano, without a “standards” song repertoire, and with poise and effortless concentration, the Jazz Quintet creates palpable musical shapes using innovative themes and variations. For all its unrestrained inventiveness and improvisations, they project an utter melodic mellowness on their tunes: Vortex, Homecoming and Wiguts Waits for Weights.
“(Holland) has defined the best in jazz over the past three decades.” -JazzTimes
Bassist Dave Holland’s legacy is still being written, but his already distinguished career has earned him a prominent place in Jazz history. His inventive, thoughtful, and original sound has not only earned him numerous accolades and resounding applause around the world, but left an indelible mark in the evolution of music. The DVD, Dave Holland Quintet: Vortex, is a music lover’s greatest reward: a live, full-length concert performance that will rivet your attention to every phrase that’s played and transport you to a higher musical world.
“… one of the most inspiring free-jazz players.” – Blackwell Guide to Recorded Jazz