Dave Holland at the Village Vanguard

HollandI heard magic one night a few weeks ago. It was on the stage of the Village Vanguard, a place I’d often encountered magic, but this was a special sort. Bassist Dave Holland was there, performing in a trio with guitarist Kevin Eubanks and drummer Obed Calvaire. In the serene music at the outset of the set I thought to myself, “Gateway 2016,” harkening back to seamless elegance of a group with Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette and guitarist John Abercrombie from the mid ‘70s or so. But just as the debate began in my head about the unfairness of comparing Holland’s current bandmates to those from 40 years ago, they shifted gears, Eubanks moving from subtle nuances to big bluesy licks that rang from his guitar without the slightest whiff of cliché. Calvaire funked up the backbeat and the group was off and running. The music shifted easily from blues and funk to West African and even at times echoed some classic Wes Montgomery. All of it with the rigorous, attenuated structures that mark a Holland band. Applause rippled through the crowd less in response to solos than to the ebbs and flow of the music as if too much genius had transpired since the last expression of gratitude. By the end of 70 minutes of music, people roared like they’d won the Stanley Cup.


About jmartin437

I've worked in and around the world of high end cheese for 27 years. I've been everything from a department manager who hired and fired and trained staffs to a weekend warrior who shows up ties on an apron the middle of a rush and talks to customers and cleans up the place. I enjoy it all, and I especially like my current situation conducting informal seminars about cheese at area bars and in class at the 92nd St. Y. The current schedule is always up at thejoyofcheese.blogspot.com. In addition I conduct private events that are perfect to lead off birthday parties for foodies and sommeliers and also they make great entertainment for corporate team building events and associates meetings at law firms. In addition, I've been a freelance journalist for 27 years. Currently my profiles of leading musicians and filmmakers appear in the Wall Street Journal and www.theroot.com. I also wrote about sports for the Root, and for five loooong years, which included the entirety of the Isiah Thomas Knicks era, I wrote about the NBA for the New York Sun. I enjoyed writing about basketball so much that I now do it here at rotations for free.
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