Dave Holland first gained prominence as a superb double bass player, working with, among others, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Stan Getz and Joe Lovano.

Dave Holland first gained prominence as a superb double bass player, working with, among others, Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Stan Getz and Joe Lovano. He has subsequently emerged as the most arresting bassist/big band composer since Charles Mingus, and "Overtime" is his latest foray in the big band groove. The album opens with Holland's "The Monterey Suite," commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival. The piece comprises four sections and runs approximately 50 minutes. Like everything Holland composes, "The Monterey Suite" swings in most excellent fashion. Its emotional ebb and flow is not only effective, but also quite evocative. The 13-member band plays with flair and great poise, and the ensemble's virtuosity is enhanced by numerous choice solos. "Overtime" includes three other tunes, two of which were penned by Holland, with tenor sax man Robin Eubanks contributing the very cool straight jazz number "Mental Images."—PVV

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