Making their debut in 2015 with their self-titled album, Dave Holland’s Aziza quartet is a true all-star assemblage of jazz heavyweights, established bandleaders and composers who represent the world standard. Lionel Loueke is easily one of the most identifiable and esteemed guitarists in jazz, best known as a member of Herbie Hancock’s working band, for his work with Terence Blanchard, and his eight acclaimed sessions as a leader. A prolific artist and one of the most in-demand drummers on the national scene, Houston-born Eric Harland was a longtime member of the SFJAZZ Collective and has played on more than 80 recordings with artists including McCoy Tyner, Terence Blanchard, Charles Lloyd and Zakir Hussain. Combining Loueke’s West African guitar approach and Potter’s bebop acuity with the hip-hop influenced virtuosity of Harland’s drumming, the band strikes “a balance of super-articulate proficiency against a gut-level expression of groove.” (The New York Times)
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
Chris Potter tenor saxophone
Lionel Loueke guitar, vocals
Eric Harland drums