Thursday, September 10, 2009

Dave Holland Interview

On September 6, 2009, I had the opportunity to sit down with the great bass player and composer Dave Holland before his performance at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival. Dave's career took off after being invited by Miles Davis to come to the US from his native England. During that tenure, Dave worked on Miles' landmark recordings In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew. From there Dave went on to collaborate with such greats as Theloneous Monk, Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers and many more. As a leader, Dave Holland has produced and written music for over 20 CD's with a variety of ensembles and big bands.

Click this link to listen to the full interview, mixed with some clips of Dave Holland's music.

A 6 minute video segment of this interview is below. (please listen to the full audio version w/music)


  1. Holy Shit, Laster! You got to talk to Dave Holland! I listen often to his recording "Conference of the Birds". What a cool thing to do.

  2. It was an awe inspiring experience to get to speak with Dave Holland. He was a very nice guy and loved to talk at length about his music and his current projects. You can tell how much he loves what he is doing. He was a very easy interview.

    Funny you mentioned CotB. I wanted to speak to him about that session but never got to it. I bought that album back in the 70's, and it probably was the one album that got me to 'understand' what free improvisation was about. Its one of those albums where the improvisations stretch out as far as you can go, but yet remains very close to the framework of Holland's composition. It is one of those avant garde sets that is still very accessible. I think I'll give it a spin this weekend on the show.