Music from Two Basses

Music from Two Basses is an album by bassists David Holland and Barre Phillips recorded in 1971 and released on the ECM label.[1]

Music from Two Basses
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Studio album by
RecordedFebruary 15, 1971
StudioTonstudio Bauer Ludwigsburg, West Germany
ProducerManfred Eicher
David Holland chronology
Improvisations for Cello and Guitar
Music from Two Basses
Conference of the Birds


The Allmusic review by Thom Jurek awarded the album 5 stars stating "this historic date features the two British bassists engaged while at the top of their powers, exploring not only tonality and the dynamic and harmonic possibilities that exist between two double basses, but also the expanded notions of how the different players' styles and musical intuitions dovetail, rather than work in opposition... There is simply no bass recording like this one, and over 30 years after its release, it is still a classic, an astonishing look at how intimate and instinctive musical communication can really be".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic     [2]
Tom HullB+[3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings    [4]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Dave Holland except as indicated
  1. "Improvised Piece I" (Holland, Phillips) - 10:33
  2. "Improvised Piece II" (Holland, Phillips) - 7:46
  3. "Beans" (Phillips) - 3:10
  4. "Raindrops" - 4:13
  5. "May Be I Can Sing It for You" (Phillips) - 1:48
  6. "Just a Whisper" - 4:57
  7. "Song for Clare" - 4:52
  • Recorded at Tonstudio Bauer in Ludwigsburg, West Germany on February 15, 1971



  1. ^ ECM discography accessed August 30, 2011
  2. ^ a b Jurek, T. Allmusic Review accessed August 30, 2011
  3. ^ "Tom Hull: Grade List: Dave Holland". Tom Hull. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 718. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.