Street rhythm

By JON GARELICK  |  August 25, 2009

Holland laughs at the comparison. “I called it ‘Lazy Snake’ because it had this slightly sly kind of thing to it, and there’s a point in the middle and at the end where there’s a big staccato note that’s like the snake striking.” Some pieces are more preconceived. “Rivers Run” approximates the suite-like structure of a typical live set with the Sam Rivers trio. For the most part, though, he likes to let decisions emerge from his subconscious as he works. “When I was younger, I was much more controlling of my attention. At this stage, I’m just letting what’s there come out.”

A few years ago, Holland parted with his long-time label, ECM, to create Dare2, and he’s excited that his new Web site, DaveHolland.com, will be going up at the end of September. The Octet’s new album, recorded live at New York’s Birdland in January, will be available for purchase as a download a couple of months before CDs go on sale. The site will also offer a full complement of downloadable archive material, sheet-music scores, videos, etc. “I see the new technology as very liberating for an independent musician. It’s an opportunity to have a direct connection and really engage the people that you’re making the music for.”

DAVE HOLLAND OCTET + “A TRIUMPH OF TRUMPETS,” with the Jon Faddis Quartet, Sean Jones, and Wallace Roney | Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Lenox | September 6 at 8 pm | $17-$59 | 888.266.1200 or www.tanglewood.org

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