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Aziza is a studio album by English jazz bassist Dave Holland together with saxophonist Chris Potter, guitarist Lionel Loueke, and drummer Eric Harland.[6] The album was released on October 14, 2016 via Holland's own Dare2 Records label.[7]

Aziza
Aziza - album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 14, 2016
RecordedSeptember 7–8, 2015
StudioSear Sound, NYC
GenreJazz
Length1:08:29
LabelDare2 Records
ProducerDave Holland
Dave Holland chronology
The Art of Conversation
(2014)
Aziza
(2016)
Uncharted Territories
(2018)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Guardian3/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz4.5/5 stars[2]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[3]
The Australian4.5/5 stars[4]
Winnipeg Free Press4.5/5 stars[5]

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Dave Holland explained that the name Aziza has come from one of their songs, “Aziza Dance,” written by Lionel Loueke. In Loueke's birthplace of Benin, Aziza means a supernatural race of forest dwellers giving practical and spiritual advice.[8] The album features eight original compositions—two from each band member.[9]

ReceptionEdit

Cormak Larkin of The Irish Times noted, "...there’s no doubting who is the elder statesman here, nor whose spirit is guiding proceedings. Dave Holland has been taking music in new and interesting directions since the late 1960s. And though each member of Aziza contributes a couple of tunes and brings their own unique character to the mix, most audible in this new group’s taut, funky, expansive sound are echoes of former Holland projects such as his Extensions quartet, and even the distant rumble of the great Gateway Trio".[10]

John McBeath of The Australian wrote, "This quartet is comprised of four stellar US musicians, all bandleaders, and each at the very top of their abilities, working beautifully together....These four names will probably be sufficient to invite a listening for jazz fans where the spectrum of emotion and diversity of approach is bound to secure interest."[11]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Aziza Dance"Lionel Loueke9:14
2."Summer 15"Chris Potter9:42
3."Walkin' the Walk"Dave Holland8:38
4."Aquila"Eric Harland6:55
5."Blue Sufi"Chris Potter13:35
6."Finding the Light"Dave Holland7:00
7."Friends"Eric Harland6:07
8."Sleepless Nights"Lionel Loueke7:21
Total length:1:08:29

PersonnelEdit

Band

  • Chris Potter – tenor & soprano saxophone
  • Lionel Loueke – guitar & vocals
  • Dave Holland – bass, producer
  • Eric Harland – drums

Production

  • Louise Holland – executive producer
  • James Farber – engineer
  • Owen Mulholland – engineer
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Scott Fallone – mastering
  • Govert Driessen – photography
  • Ulli Gruber – photography
  • Susan Archie – art direction, design
  • Rafael Gonzalez – artwork

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Fordham, John (13 October 2016). "Holland/Potter/Loueke/Harland: Aziza CD review – ace new jazz quartet with global influences". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  2. ^ Bilawsky, Dan (October 19, 2016). "Aziza: Aziza". All About Jazz. allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  3. ^ Larkin, Cormac (20 October 2016). "Aziza album review: Dave Holland, god of inspiration". The Irish Times. irishtimes.com. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  4. ^ McBeath, John (20 October 2016). "Reviewed: Moussa Diakite; Conway & Zygier; Aziza; Tkay Maidza; Kieran". The Australian. theaustralian.com. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  5. ^ Black, Keith (12 October 2016). "New music: Reviews of this week's CD releases". Winnipeg Free Press. winnipegfreepress.com. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Aziza – Aziza". Discogs. discogs.com. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Aziza featuring Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland + Elliot Galvin – Sold Out". efglondonjazzfestival.org. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  8. ^ Spaz Schnee, Stephen (September 29, 2016). "Aziza: An Exclusive Q&A with Jazz legend Dave Holland!". discussionsmagazine.com. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  9. ^ Hum, Peter (October 17, 2016). "Aziza CD reviewed". Ottawa Citizen. ottawacitizen.com. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  10. ^ Larkin, Cormac (20 October 2016). "Aziza album review: Dave Holland, god of inspiration". The Irish Times. irishtimes.com. Retrieved 18 November 2016.
  11. ^ McBeath, John (20 October 2016). "Reviewed: Moussa Diakite; Conway & Zygier; Aziza; Tkay Maidza; Kieran". The Australian. theaustralian.com. Retrieved 18 November 2016.

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