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Pathways is a live album by the Dave Holland Octet.[6] The album was recorded live at New York City’s Birdland jazz club. The record was released on March 23, 2010 via Dare2 label.[7]

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 23, 2010
RecordedJanuary 7–11, 2009
StudioBirdland, New York City
ProducerDave Holland
Dave Holland Octet chronology
Pass It On
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz3.5/5 stars[2]
Pop Matters8/10 stars[3]
Financial Times4/5 stars[5]


The Allmusic review by Jeff Tamarkin awarded the album 4 stars, stating, "Holland uses those pieces, in particular, as launching pads for dynamic solo exhibits and inspired duets, but in the end it's not the dexterity of the individuals that impresses most, but rather the groupthink of the ensemble. ".[1]

Earl J. Lundquist of Seattle Post-Intelligencer wrote "In his latest release, Pathways, bassist Dave Holland shapes his octet into a groove-heavy, blue-flame intensity with writing that is state-of-the-art hard bop... Recorded during a week-long stand at Birdland in New York City, the atmosphere combines with Holland’s writing and the virtuosity and inventiveness of the individual players to give this music the aesthetic thrust of classic Blue Note recordings. Dave Holland has created complex yet compelling and accessible arrangements, making Pathways a welcome addition to his discography."[8]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Pathways" (Dave Holland) - 10:46
  2. "How's Never" (Holland) - 13:03
  3. "Sea of Marmara" (Chris Potter) - 9:03
  4. "Ebb and Flow" (Holland) - 10:48
  5. "Blue Jean" (Holland) - 7:28
  6. "Wind Dance" (Alex Sipiagin) - 9:10
  7. "Shadow Dance" (Holland) - 15:06



  1. ^ a b Tamarkin J. Allmusic Review accessed April 29, 2013
  2. ^ LONDES, ALAIN (June 7, 2010). "Dave Holland Octet: Pathways". All About Jazz. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  3. ^ LAYMAN, WILL (23 March 2010). "Dave Holland Octet: Pathways". Pop Matters. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Dave Holland: Pathways". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  5. ^ Hobart, Mike (22 May 2010). "Dave Holland: Pathways". Financial Times. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Dave Holland Octet – Pathways". Discogs. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  7. ^ Varga, George (April 2010). "Dave Holland Octet Pathways Dare2". Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  8. ^ LUNDQUIST, EARL G. (April 26, 2011). "Music Review: Dave Holland Octet - Pathways". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 22 May 2018.

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