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Extensions [Original recording reissued]

Dave Holland Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Nov 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Ecm
  • ASIN: B000025Z4I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Nemesis11:35Album Only
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High class Holland 23 Sep 2002
By Mr P VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A fantastic album. Holland is joined by Steve Coleman on alto, Kevin Eubanks on guitar and Marvin Smitty Smith on drums. What a great unit they are. Main soloists Coleman and Eubanks are both on sensational form, underpinned by Holland and Smith's ever inventive rhythm section.
The highlight for me is the Holland penned The Oracle with breathtaking work from Eubanks on the intro and during his incredible solo. If you like small group jazz this is a must.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Re-Issue 5 Oct 2008
By degrant
Format:Audio CD
Holland has led and appeared in groups of various sizes, from trios, quintets and sextets to mass ensembles, whether with Miles Davis 40 years ago, or in Holland's own recent Big Band output. However, Holland Quartet releases are relatively few and the first slew of mid price Touchstones reissues from ECM (in which Holland features prominently) provides an ideal opportunity for fans to reacquaint themselves with the Dave Holland Quartet's penultimate release, 1989's excellent "Extensions".

Each of Holland, guitarist Eubanks and saxophonist Coleman provides two of the six tracks which total just under an hour. None is less than excellent but while Eubanks and Coleman frequently write around his own instrument, Holland's contributions are in a different league and provide a masterclass in ensemble composition.

"Processional" and " The Oracle" are more ambient, sensual, ethereal, sophisticated and rewarding than the rest of the album and in "The Oracle" in particular (which as the previous reviewer has correctly said is the centrepiece of the album in every sense) Holland coaxes wonderful, Bill Frasell-like sounds from Eubanks, and Marvin "Smitty" Smith provides piston-precise yet supple and shifting percussion as the instruments intertwine to spell-binding effect as Holland's bass only really kicks in over three minutes into the track.

In summary, while not guaranteed a place in history as is "Bitches Brew" or as unique as Holland's collaboration with oud maestro Anouar Brahem and saxophonist John Surman on "Thimar"; "Extensions" is as good as any place to start with Holland and a compulsory purchase for any fan yet to become familiar with this particular pleasure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, fresh-sounding small group jazz. 17 Dec 2009
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No pointless nostalgia here. Voted the Downbeat Critics Poll `Album of the Year' in 1989, Dave Holland's `Extensions' is a fresh sounding Quartet recording featuring Holland alongside some of the leading Young Lions of the provocative M-BASE movement: Steve Coleman (alto saxophone), Kevin Eubanks (guitar) and Marvin `Smitty' Smith (drums). Six tunes are featured, two each by Holland, Coleman and Eubanks and each composition is designed to allow the musicians to engage in some of the freshest sounding small-group jazz of the late 1980s. Coleman sounds edgy throughout without a be-bop cliché in sight and Eubanks, a new arrival in the Holland ensemble, reveals himself to be one of the most original guitar players of his generation, doffing a cap to the traditions of jazz guitar but using his own voice to create something new and exciting. Smith had already been Holland's co-driver for some years, appearing alongside the bass player since his 1984 `Seeds of Time' recording.

Eubanks' `Nemesis' opens with a brooding riff which form a theme that appears throughout the piece , the Quartet building from a delicate, moody aesthetic to something more assertive. `Processional' is somewhat more subtle but Eubanks absolutely burns on Coleman's `Black Hole'. Holland's `The Oracle' is a 14-minute highlight, the long improvised intro, with the composer's endlessly varying ostinato's, Coleman's musings, Smith's eclectic percussion and Eubanks' ghostly swells, building slowly to usher in a strong theme on saxophone at around the 4 minute mark - the tension is positively palpable. A great bass solo is just icing on the cake.

`101 Degrees Fahrenheit (Slow Meltdown)', another Coleman contribution, opens with a classic Holland soliloquy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highpoint 19 Jan 2013
Format:Audio CD
This is a magnificent album - a real gem in Dave Holland's extensive and sometimes idiosyncratic catalogue. The inclusion of Kevin Eubanks on guitar is genius. Normally Kevin Eubanks is funky, and middle of the road. But given the space afforded by Dave Holland's natural tendency to let other fly, Eubanks goes out on a limb and delivers some very tasty guitar. A great feel permeates this album. It's not quite a 5 star album - but almost.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best instrumental recording in 20 years 30 Jun 2001
By Casper Rosewater - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the best new (not classic) instrumental jazz recording I've purchased in 20 years. It came out a decade ago so, nothing better ten years before it or after. And it holds up perfectly after a decade.
It's hard-edged jazz, maybe acid-jazz, I don't know. Rock and jazz listeners with both likely enjoy it. The rhythms employed on some compositions are intricate and complex beyond belief yet they remain accessible. Kevin Eubanks demonstrates that, despite his hot and cold success as a leader (and despite renditions of "Stairway to Heaven" or whatever on The Tonight Show) he IS one of the most innovative living guitarists. Steve Coleman divides the meter so well you lose track of whether he's playing ahead of the beat or behind it. Unbelievable.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coleman5 Eubanks5 Holland5 Smitty Smith5 30 Dec 2005
By Jazzcat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
20 stars. This album does not deserves less than twenty stars. It is one of the best release from Dave Holland if not his overall best. Surely this has been one of his best combo. Read the names involved here, Steve Coleman, Kevin Eubanks, Marvin Smitty Smith. It's a dream team. It may seem an all star album, a kind of experiment which often don't led to nothing valuable musically if not futile showmanship. This is not the case. This album is nothing less than absolutly amazing under any point of view. Composition, improvisation, interplay. It's stellar post bop, "funky", free atonal Jazz with an accent on melody (it may seems a contradiction but it is just that!). It's free atonal jazz with odd meter signature but even if it may sound awkward the music flows naturally from the very beginning thanks to the incredible rhitmic tandem that Holland and Smith form. Under the soloist there's always an incredible rich rhytmic textures. Dave Holland is truly an amazing player. But here are playing three of my heroes I can't do nothing but absolutly love this album, Steve Coleman, Kevin Eubanks, Marvin Smitty Smith. As a Jazz guitar player myself I think that Jazz guitar in a modern context never sounded so right. And one more thing about Coleman. He's the one that really tried to bring Bird's language to the next millennium, to evolve it, to develope his wild sense of syncopation... he reached an amazing level of expression. In particular he found in this music his perfect vehicle to express his ideas in my opinion. The fluidity he reached here I don't think he played again elsewhere, neither in his own albums (and I own many of his). This album is absolutly a gem. Put it in the cd reader, sit on your most comfortable sofà, closed the light and prepare for an unbelievable music journey!
25 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars [A must for all Jazz fans] 25 July 2000
By TUCO H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
A tremendous negentropic (energy releasing through open system feedback) jazz record, fully cognizant of Stravinskian concepts of musical value. Don't even think about calling yourself a jazz fan or a fan of serious music for that matter, without owning this record. The greatest drumming since Cobham hit? Marvin Smith; it's on this record. The greatest Bass playing? Where'd you think it was? The greatest guitar playing this side of Mclaughlin? Kevin 'Jay Leno Show' Eubanks; on here friend. The greatest saxophone this side of Dolphy and Coltrane? Do I really need to introduce Steve Coleman?
Complex meter and rhythm are the key to this land of voodoo. Two tracks are in 6/8, the rest are in odd-meters (11/8, 5/4, etc.). But that's just the framework from which the foundation of Holland and Smith supports the fantastic architecture Eubanks and Coleman float above it. All the players are organically fused into a synergistic whole that is THE QUINTESSENCE OF COOL, without sacrificing a shred of sophistication in the process.
This was the Downbeat album of the year in 1990 & remains Holland's greatest band record (even with all the brilliant recent records this one has something special about it). Also, if you like this record, do not overlook the two excellent Kevin Eubanks records "Turning Point" & "Spirit Talk," & the fantastic Holland/Eubanks/Cinelu collaboration "World Trio." Music is the best.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord thundering JESUS! 14 Oct 2005
By Arnold - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Yes....this is one h e double hockeysticks of a performance. I am not a jazz afficianado.....but I am a lover of ALL musical forms as long as it has heart, and this recording flattened me.

Having never heard Kevin Eubanks, when I listened to his playing I was utterly speechless. If you are new to Dave's work as I was just go for it. And while you are at it, if you liked Eubanks' work on this check out Dave's earlier work with John Abercrombie on Gateway. Methinks Kevin consciously tips his hat to his predecessor quite admirably on Extensions (especially Nemesis!)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MONSTER AND HERE'S HOW 5 July 2008
By Benstarbuck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this consensus downbeat critics winner is built around the anticipation leading up to the phenomenal "the oracle" . isolate it . drink a stout starbucks coffee . wait ten minutes . play the composition stated above . listen to four geniuses (STEVE COLEMAN , KEVIN EUBANKS , MARVIN SMITH and DAVE HOLLAND) take you to an entirely different plane . it's remarkable every time . every time . sans coffee as well . the rest of the album is great as well . imagine these guys live . my god , it's a high . THIS IS "MODERN CREATIVE JAZZ" - a term ron wynn coined (editor of the first all music guide to jazz) . this WILL NOT appeal to the smooth jazz crowd . songs are written by various members .
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