Thursday, May 10, 2018

DAVE HOLLAND: An EXCLUSIVE Q&A




UNCHARTED TERRITORIES:

An EXCLUSIVE Q&A 
with 
Dave Holland


STEPHEN SPAZ SCHNEE: UNCHARTED TERRITORIES is now available.  How are you feeling about the project and the reaction you’ve had to it so far?
DAVE HOLLAND: I’m very pleased with the music we recorded and happy to now be sharing it with our listeners. I have a sense that people are quite interested in this combination of musicians and curious to hear the music that resulted from it.

SPAZ: The album features saxophonist and longtime friend Evan Parker. How did you two first meet and do you still share that deep musical connection to this day?
DAVE: I lived in London from 1964 to 1968 and it was during this period that we met and started playing music together. One of the places that we played was called The Little Theatre Club where the drummer John Stevens hosted a late-night session. In 1968, we recorded the album KARYOBIN that also featured guitarist Derek Bailey and trumpeter Kenny Wheeler. The connections we established in that period have continued to the present.

SPAZ: You are also joined by Craig Taborn on piano and Ches Smith on percussion. What was your criteria when choosing to work with these three particular musicians?
DAVE: Evan, Craig and Ches are master improvisers with a great understanding of the creation of form and group interaction. They’ve each created a unique musical voice for themselves.

SPAZ: With these musicians, how long did it take for everyone to connect during the improvisations?
DAVE: The connection was there from the beginning. As well as being great players, they’re also great listeners.


SPAZ: Was UNCHARTED TERRITORIES intended to be a double CD/triple LP release or did you end up having a lot of material to work with?
DAVE: We were in the studio for two days and ended up with nearly six hours of recorded material. I first considered releasing just one volume with perhaps a second volume to be released later, but after reviewing all the pieces I felt that the two volumes should be released at the same time to show the scope of what we’d done.

SPAZ: As a fan as well as a musician, do you have a tendency to prefer vinyl over CD?  And how do you fee overall about the continuing popularity of vinyl again?
DAVE: I don’t really have a preference. I’m happy to see a renewed interest in vinyl as I do think it presents the listener with another listening experience.

SPAZ: Was the recording of this album different to your previous quartet projects such as AZIZA and PRISM?  Do you approach each project differently?
DAVE: The music for each project is built around the creative approaches of the musicians involved. In the case of this recording, I wanted to explore the possibilities of open form improvisation.


SPAZ: UNCHARTED TERRITORIES feature duo and trio recordings as well as those in the quartet format.  Do you have a preference on your favorite format or does it depend on who is involved?
DAVE:  In the case of UNCHARTED TERRITORIES, I felt that exploring the possibilities of each format would give variety to the sound and pacing of the album and allow us to consider the creative possibilities of each format.

SPAZ: Jazz is such an adventurous genre.  Do you still find yourself discovering new ways to approach music and new avenues to travel down?
DAVE: I’ve been lucky enough to be around a lot of very creative people and one thing they all seem to have in common is a restless desire to continue the process of change in their music. One of the ways that helps me do that is through my interaction with inspiring players and in a variety of formats.  

SPAZ: What is next for Dave Holland?
DAVE: This summer, I’m taking part in a trio tour with Tabla master Zakir Hussein and saxophonist Chris Potter.

SPAZ: What are you currently spinning on your CD and record players?
DAVE: Music of all kinds!

Thanks to Dave Holland
Special thanks to Steve Dixon


DAVE HOLLAND
UNCHARTED TERRITORIES

5.11.18

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