“He’s great! He’s a big talent. He has a natural talent.” John McLaughlin
Olli Hirvonen is a dynamic and virtuosic Finnish-born, New York-based guitarist. Winner of the Socar Montreux Jazz Electric Guitar competition in 2016 (the jury was presided over by John McLaughlin), Olli releases his second album, New Helsinki on Edition Records.
New Helsinki is an album that promises to ignite the attention of the international media and fans worldwide with its deft infectious melodies, irresistibly bold grooves, and intense inventive soloing. A musician with a larger vision and a commanding spirit, Olli Hirvonen, is a supremely gifted guitarist and composer. With New HelsinkiHirvonen has thrown down his calling card and demonstrated the promise that will inevitably thrust his career and profile on an upward trajectory towards international acclaim. ~Bandcamp
Dave Holland’s story, impact, and presence on the global Jazz scene is monumental. The now-notorious call from Miles Davis in 1968 to join his band, having seen him play at Ronnie Scott’s, kickstarted a journey of creative exploration and music-making that has lasted 50 years. It’s seen him collaborate with many of the greats in this music including Joe Henderson, Betty Carter, Stan Getz, Jack DeJohnette, Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers, Kenny Wheeler, Hank Jones, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, and of course Miles himself.
Dave’s creative output on ECM from his debut in 1972 until 2003 includes some of the most influential albums released on the German label and enabled him to build an adoring, global audience for his virtuosic technique and rhythmic feel, inspired by respect for his open-eared approach to styles and sound. Today’s world is unimaginably different and Edition’s mission, to ‘support and enhance their artists’ vision’, will be paramount in helping Dave to navigate the complexities of the next period of his recording career and to reach new audiences.
Dare2, as the name suggests, was a brave move for an established artist into independent label management and full control of his recordings. This model has served the bass player well during the previous 15 years, allowing him the freedom to release the records that he needed to release and the power to control his recorded destiny. Now, in a changing world, a new model is necessary and Dave’s collaboration with Edition Records will enhance the benefits of independent production and control with the additional vision and proven excellence of Edition in navigating the complexities of music in the digital world and reaching out to new audiences.
In May 2021, Dave Holland will release a new Double LP, CD, and Digital album with Kevin Eubanksand Obed Calvaire marking the start of the new deal and his continuing relationship with Edition following the release of Good Hope in 2019 with Zakir Hussain and Chris Potter. Dave Holland explains:
“It had been a long-term goal of mine to create a record label for the release of my own recording projects. In 2004, with the help and guidance of my daughter and business manager Louise Holland, we established Dare2 records so that we could retain ownership of the master recordings and have more control over the scheduling, production, presentation, and marketing of releases. In 2019 Edition Records released the album ‘Good Hope’ by The Crosscurrents Trio, a group co-lead by Zakir Hussein, Chris Potter and myself. Working with Edition Records and its owner Dave Stapleton was a very positive experience and I was particularly impressed by the quality of their product and the use of creative strategies suited to the contemporary market. Discussions regarding a collaboration between Edition and Dare2 resulted in an agreement to work together on future releases of both new and archived recordings. I look forward to this new partnership”.Dave Holland
Activate Infinity is the second album from New York-based The Bad Plus since the remarkable pianist Orrin Evans joined the trio back in 2018. With their sights set on a new trajectory, combined with an abundance of spirit and creativity, the trio produced one of their finest and most original albums to date. This is group music played with vibrant imagination and vigor. It’s real, deeply honest, and personal. Their joy in music-making together is clear and their vision is committed and democratic. With a new home on the British label, Edition Records, the trio is working with a renewed intent that will see them grow to new heights and continue to flourish. ~Edition Records
The New York Times called it “an exhilarating document” that sparked an exciting new chapter for the iconic group.
A potent improviser and the youngest musician ever to win Denmark’s Jazzpar Prize, Potter’s impressive discography includes 15 albums as a leader and sideman appearances on over 100 albums. He was nominated for a Grammy Award for his solo work on “In Vogue,” a track from Joanne Brackeen’s 1999 albumPink Elephant Magic, and was prominently featured on Steely Dan’s Grammy-winning album from 2000, Two Against Nature. He has performed or recorded with many of the leading names in jazz, such as Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, John Scofield,the Mingus Big Band, Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Ray Brown, and many others.
Since bursting onto the New York scene in 1989 as an 18-year-old prodigy with bebop icon Red Rodney (who himself had played as a young man alongside the legendary Charlie Parker), Potter has steered a steady course of growth as an instrumentalist and composer-arranger. Through the ’90s, he continued to gain invaluable bandstand experience as a sideman while also making strong statements as a bandleader-composer-arranger. Acclaimed outings like 1997’s Unspoken (with bassist and mentor Dave Holland, drummer Jack DeJohnette, and guitarist John Scofield), 1998’s Vertigo, 2001’s Gratitude, and 2002’s Traveling Mercies showed a penchant for risk-taking and genre-bending. “For me, it just seemed like a way of opening up the music to some different things that I had been listening to but maybe hadn’t quite come out in my music before,” he explains.
For more than two decades, Potter’s limitless creativity, effortless virtuosity, and vibrant sense of swing have wowed critics, musicians, and fans alike, who cite him as one of the most influential saxophonists and inventive improvisers of the modern day, a status that his first album for Edition, Circuits(2019) only enhanced. Chris has also collaborated with Dave Holland and Zakir Hussein on their Crosscurrents project Good Hope(2019). ~Edition Records
At your leisure, listen to the innovative sounds “SUNRISE REPRISE” by saxophonist-composer Chris Potter