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Dave Holland
Prime Directive

Dave Holland double-bass
Robin Eubanks trombone
Chris Potter soprano, alto and tenor saxophones
Steve Nelson vibraphone, marimba
Billy Kilson drums
 
Prime Directive
Looking Up
Make Believe
A Searching Spirit
High Wire
Jugglers Parade
Candlelight Vigil
Wonders Never Cease
Down Time

Recorded December 1998
ECM 1698
 
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A player's "prime directive", Dave Holland has decided, should be to spread joy while making creative music. His role model in this regard remains Duke Ellington, whose melodies were the lure to draw listeners deeper into the world of jazz interaction; so it is with the Holland Quintet. Prime Directive, the album, picks where the Grammy-nominated Points of View left off, and is the stronger for the addition of Chris Potter, widely regarded as one of the most exciting young saxophonists in North America.