Holland played bass from the early 60s, studying at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Meanwhile, he played with many leading jazz musicians of the time from many different strands of jazz, among them being Humphrey Lyttelton, Chris McGregor, Evan Parker and John Surman. At the end of the 60s he played with Miles Davis, an association that took Holland to the USA, Bitches Brew (1969). There, he teamed up with Chick Corea, Anthony Braxton and Barry Altschul in Circle, Paris Concert (1971). Through the 70s, Holland was often in the company of Braxton, The Montreux-Berlin Concerts (1976), Stan Getz, John Abercrombie and Sam Rivers, Contrasts (1979). The early 80s found Holland often leading his own forward-thinking groups in which his sidemen included Kenny Wheeler, whom he had known since his days in London, and Steve Coleman. He also toured in a quartet with Surman, Albert Mangelsdorff and Elvin Jones. Through the 80s and 90s, Holland continued to work as sideman and leader in duos, trios, quartets and quintets with artists such as Paul Bley, Lee Konitz and Kenny Barron and he also performed solo concerts, recording extensively in most of these formats. In the early 00s, Holland was sometimes with John Schofield, Joe Lovano and Al Foster in ScoLoHoFo. Throughout his career, Holland has displayed remarkable technical skill and dexterity and is noted for the astonishing speed at which he can execute his musical thoughts without ever losing clarity or purpose.
Followers: Geoff Gascoyne
Influenced By: Ray Brown, Charles Mingus, Leroy Vinnegar...