Album:Live At The 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival
The Monterey Jazz Quartet is a jazz supergroup put together for the 2007 Monterey Jazz Festival and the album was released on the festival's label. The band is actually a version of legendary bassist Dave Holland's usual touring band. But because the album is not on Holland's usual label ECM, fans might overlook it. Of course Holland is one of the all time jazz greats best known for his days with Miles Davis in the early 70s. But he's been recording as a leader for ECM since 1972. Sax player Chris Potter records as a leader but he has toured and recorded with Holland for a long time. Drummer Eric Harland is mostly a sideman for Holland and plenty of others. I guess the wild card is Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. From what I can tell, this is the only time Rubalcaba has recorded with Holland. This band played the festival. The show was recorded and released on the Monterey Jazz Festival's label and you can get it as a digital download. The songs all seem to be written for this show. Potter wrote Minotaur but it doesn't appear on any of his albums. And it also looks like this band played some other jazz festivals. The Monterey Quartet was always supposed to be a one shot deal. And because it was branded with the Monterey name, it's easy for fans of the musicians to overlook it. You won't find it in Dave Holland's discography. Not surprisingly, the music is great. Here's The Monterey Quartet performing Minotaur at the 2007 Newport Jazz Festival.