About the album
The long awaited debut recording of Dave Holland's Big Band, with a programme of favourite Holland tunes newly orchestrated for large ensemble. At the nucleus of the big band is the multi-award winning Dave Holland Quintet (with Steve Nelson, Robin Eubanks, Chris Potter, and Billy Kilson) Their characteristic sound established a direction for the larger ensemble. Taking his cue from the great examples of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Charles Mingus, Holland has arranged the material to showcase the strengths of the players. Holland: "I wanted the music to be settings for improvisers, and this led me to combine improvisation and written parts. Flexibility has been built into the music."