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Dave Holland w/ Kevin Eubanks & Obed Calvaire

  • SFJAZZ Miner Auditorium 201 Franklin Street San Francisco, CA, 94102 United States (map)

Tickets ($35-$95, members only)

Throughout his career Dave Holland has established a history for making his bands a proving ground for promising young instrumentalists, but his latest trio is a true all-star assemblage of jazz heavyweights, all established bandleaders and composers who represent the world standard. Built on the framework of Holland’s power-packed Overtone Quartet, this new band has as its linchpin the guitar work of Kevin Eubanks, whose searing, soulful approach was last heard during Season 2 as part of Holland’s rock-informed Prism project. Eubanks was also key to the muscular quartet that recorded Holland’s seminal 1990 ECM release Extensions, and this new band is yet another example of Holland’s brilliance at building ensembles greater than the sum of their formidable parts.

Far more than one of the jazz’s greatest bassists, Dave Holland has inhabited the music’s adventurous edge ever since Miles Davis hired him to anchor his band in 1968 as it rapidly morphed from an acoustic powerhouse to a pioneering fusion combo. After spending years exploring the outer reaches with Anthony Braxton and Sam Rivers and founding the pioneering Gateway Trio with John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette, the British-born bassist started leading his own ensembles which have served as a proving ground for a legion of celebrated improvisers. Nearly 40 albums as a leader and collaborations with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler and dozens more have made him among the most versatile and prolific bassist/composers in jazz history.

Dave Holland bass
Kevin Eubanks guitar
Obed Calvaire drums

The dynamic frequency of the group felt like something just uncorked.
— The New York Times
Holland is a master bassist and bandleader, one of the most sophisticated composers and arrangers in the jazz world.
— Boston Globe
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