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Conference of the Birds
Studio album by Dave Holland Quartet
Released 1973
Recorded November 30, 1972, Germany
Genre Avant-garde jazz
Length 39:38
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Professional reviews
Dave Holland Quartet chronology
Music from Two Basses
Conference of the Birds
Sam Rivers/Dave Holland, Vol. 1

Conference of the Birds is a 1973 album by the Dave Holland Quartet. It is jazz bassist Holland's second collaboration with composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton, as well as his second album on ECM Records. The Penguin Guide to Jazz selected the album as part of its "Core Collection," and gave it a rating of four stars (of a possible four).[1] Jazz critic Michael G. Nastos called the album "[Holland]'s finest hour" and "definitive progressive music."[2] The album's title is taken from the 12th-century Persian poem of the same name by Farid ud-Din Attar, an allegory about the quest for enlightenment. The liner notes describe how birds would congregate each morning outside Holland's London apartment and join with one another in song.[1]

Track listing

All compositions by Dave Holland.

  1. "Four Winds" – 6:32
  2. "Q & A" – 8:34
  3. "Conference of the Birds" – 4:34
  4. "Interception" – 8:20
  5. "Now Here (Nowhere)" – 4:34
  6. "See-saw" – 6:40



  1. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. "Dave Holland" (in English). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed. ed.). New York: Penguin. pp. p. 653. ISBN 0-141-02327-9.  
  2. ^ Nastos, Michael G. (1994). Ron Wynn. ed (in English). All Music Guide to Jazz. Allmusic. M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov (1st ed. ed.). San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. pp. p. 350. ISBN 0-87930-308-5.  


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