As mentioned in Music, I went to see a concert last night, where the featured work was one written by a respected contemporary composer especially for Dave Holland -sort of like a concerto for Jazz Double Bass and Chamber Orchestra. "Bass Inventions" It was a fascinating piece - not least for having the contrast between the styles of the "classcial "strings" and the Jazz pizz style of Dave Holland which was what the composer was interested in - so at times you had a Jazz rhytm section plus two string quartets. So, the effect of this is bringing Dave Holland to a new contempoarary "classical" audience - I know most of the Jazz fans in my town and the audience for this concert was not them at all - but rather the sort of people who would go to a "challenging" classical concert. His playing was great - really exciting in places and he got a big hand. But then he took an encore without the orchestra and said he was going to play a tune called "May Dance" , I think. This was breathtaking and got even more applause from the audience which was stunned and surprised. Huge reaction! So - where does this leave Dave Holland? Is this just a blurring of Jazz/Contemporary.Classical that is happening all over or is it his status as a Jazz Bass Playing "icon" ? PS - does anybody know more about the solo piece - May Dance?