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The crunchy riffs and full-on breaks of first track “The Watcher” are a sharp shift from Holland’s long line of acoustic recordings. But, like most musicians of stature, the bassist stamps his personality on everything he plays, and on the atmospheric, rock-edged Prism, the icy intellect, sense of form and group interplay remain intact.

Great tunes and a top-notch quartet featuring stinging lead and silky rhythm from guitarist Kevin Eubanks, the controlled thunder of Eric Harland’s drums and Craig Taborn’s pristine piano and distinctive, distorted-at-the-edges Rhodes.

Dave Holland


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