I met Dave Holland!

Discussion in 'Bassists [DB]' started by Peter McFerrin, Sep 25, 2001.

  1. I'm not manly enough for DB, so I don't come around these parts often. Still, I couldn't resist this.

    Since I live in the musicians' dorm here at Cornell, I had the opportunity to see the Dave Holland Quintet perform this evening, and all I have to say is: dang. I think I'm going to get into upright now ;)

    The performance was killer. The first half was a big band performance with the Quintet being backed by eight Cornell horn players (one of whom is a good friend) to form a big band that played four tunes. Evidently, this was Holland's suggestion, and it was a wise one--the section playing was exceptional. Of course, my friend, who is Ethiopian, got his name butchered by Holland when the Cornell students were being introduced, but that's life.

    The second set was just the quintet. The most notable feature was the powerful drumming of Billy Kilson. He said that Tony Williams was his hero; I can see why. Sharp.

    One of the things that really caught my attention was the strength of Holland's left hand--he was playing ridiculously complicated ostinatos and samba grooves, jumping all over the fingerboard, for minutes on end. I dare say that this was more impressive than the two extended solos he took, the first on "Shadow Dancer" (with the big band) and the second on a Latinate tune whose name escapes me at the moment.

    Anyhow, after the show, I got to go backstage and meet him. I said, "Mr. Holland, you just sent me back to the woodshed," to which he responded, "Oh, I've been there a lot." He then gave me an autograph and flashed a smile with those POLITICALLY INCORRECT teeth; I went away convulsing like a little girl.

    Bad. Ass.
  2. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    That sounds like it would have been an interesting show to see. By the way, what specifically are "POLITICALLY INCORRECT teeth"? Does that mean POLITICALLY INCORRECT or something? Or maybe that they floss with POLITICALLY INCORRECT and the ink rubs off? The suspense is killing me.:confused:
  3. The British are renowned for having POLITICALLY INCORRECT teeth--take a look at POLITICALLY INCORRECT. Holland's got POLITICALLY INCORRECT teeth.
  4. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    Actually that's a skill that is valued and honed here in the TB DB world. Maybe Mr. Holland is lurking around here somewhere...
  5. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    Normally I would laugh this kind of thing off, but given the political tensions in the air since the events of Sept. 11, I decided to do a little post-editing after receiving a complaint about several of your remarks.

    May I add that, during my 2 trips to England, I didn't notice anything about POLITICALLY INCORRECT teeth one way or the other. Down here in Kentucky, however...well, that's another story...


  6. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    ....which brings to mind a profound question:

    Q ="What's got more legs than teeth?"

    A = "Front row at a Lynyrd Skynyrd show"

    I can say that, since I'm from the land of the tarnished tooth myself...
  7. FWIW, I'm from mullet/gunrack country myself (Grundy County, IL), so I know a thing or two about bad teeth.

    Man, you guys are weird over here. I think I'll go back to BG where it's mostly 15-year-olds saying "FLEA RULZ D00D!!!1!"
  8. This will make you feel more at home....

    Does Ibanez make a double bass??
  9. Aw, shucks...*wipes tear away*...you guys are great!:D