This article (found via Tim Niland’s blog) is a nice look at one of today’s busier and more influential musicians.
The band exemplifies Holland’s artistic raison d’être: to play vital music with musicians with whom he feels an aesthetic and social bond.
“For me, music is a group effort, a thing you do with people,” said Holland — who in his 40-year career has played with such artists as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Stan Getz, Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny and Roy Haynes.
“It requires a certain cooperation, a respect for each other,” he said. “There are a lot of good things you can learn from it. It’s a lot of what life’s about, being nice to the person who’s sitting next to you, being effective in small ways. I think that’s all we can do.”
I love the concept of music as a social interaction amongst the musicians. The best music is often made by people with a social as well as musical connection.