[JPL] Dave Holland & Co. At Newport Jazz Festival

Dr. Jazz drjazz at drjazz.com
Sun Aug 10 17:43:03 EDT 2008


NPR.org <http://www.npr.org/>, August 9, 2008 - In a set filled with 
angular, thoroughly modern originals, the supergroup of bassist Dave 
Holland </templates/story/story.php?storyId=15404006>, pianist Gonzalo 
Rubalcaba </templates/story/story.php?storyId=15123469>, saxophonist 
Chris Potter </templates/story/story.php?storyId=17177145> and drummer 
Eric Harland kicked off the Saturday program at the Newport Jazz 
Festival. In 2007, the four musicians met on the summer festival circuit 
and hit it off immediately. Though their busy schedules dictated that 
they were playing only their second gig as a quartet, they played 
together with the instinct of a long-time working group.

It's no surprise, however, that the four instrumentalists were able to 
mesh so easily. Dave Holland has performed in every conceivable setting 
under the jazz umbrella for over 40 years. As a leader, he has led bands 
large and small in forging a distinctly contemporary sound, merging many 
aspects of his past experiences. He often calls upon saxophonist Chris 
Potter in his groups; meanwhile, Potter has grown into a prime mover 
himself. Not yet 40, Potter is a busy man at this year's Newport 
Festival: He had another appearance with this supergroup, in addition to 
sitting in with keyboard/electronics wizard Marco Benevento, holding the 
saxophone chair in Herbie Hancock's quartet, and leading his own group, 
Chris Potter Underground.

The U.S. jazz audience discovered virtuosic pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba 
after bassist Charlie Haden heard him playing in Havana, Cuba. Haden 
brought him on tour and in contact with Blue Note Records; he has since 
released many albums as a leader which show off a prodigious jazz 
technique filtered through traditional Cuban musical ideas. Highly 
dynamic 28-year-old drummer Eric Harland joins the group as one of the 
most demanded sidemen today, and frequently gigs with Dave Holland as well.

Listen Now: Holland/Rubalcaba/Potter/Harland At The Newport Jazz 
Festival <javascript:NPR.Player.openPlayer(93471870, 93469846, null, 
NPR.Player.Action.PLAY_NOW, NPR.Player.Type.STORY, '0')>

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