For this tight and enjoyable quartet date, bassist Dave Holland spread the composing opportunities around, his sidemen accounting for four of the six pieces. Arguably, none of these musicians ever sounded better, or more adventurous, than when performing in Holland's bands. While the leader himself retreated a good deal from his more routinely avant-garde recordings of the '70s, he appeared unwilling to allow his younger compadres to simply coast, instead evoking probing and thoughtful playing from them.
DAVE HOLLAND, bass STEVE COLEMAN, alto sax KEVIN EUBANKS, guitar MARVIN "SMITTY" SMITH, drums
Recorded September 1989, Power Station, New York,
01 Nemesis 02. Processional 03. Black Hole 04. The Oracle 05. 101 Degrees Fahrenheit (Slow Meltdown) 06. Color Of Mind