For some reason, jazz super-groups don’t quite catch on the way they used to. Maybe there just aren’t enough superstars to go around.
But the new collective-band Aziza may change that. Made up of bassist Dave Holland, saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Eric Harland, and guitarist-vocalist Lionel Loueke, the vibrant quartet released a self-titled record in late September.
The members have played together in Prism and Overtone Quartet, but they form a definite unit of their own here. Harland grounds everything in a progressive funky snap and the other three find plenty of complimentary space.
Holland is the preeminent bassist in jazz at this point in his career, with associations going back to Miles Davis, but he’s not the leader of Aziza, and each member contributes an original tune to the eight-song set. Loueke and Potter shine as the soloists but the four work together in the best ways.
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