The Razor's Edge (Dave Holland Album)
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The Razor's Edge Dave Holland Album

The Razor's Edge
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Studio album by
RecordedFebruary 1987
GenreAvant-garde jazz, Post-Bop
ProducerManfred Eicher
Dave Holland chronology
Seeds of Time
The Razor's Edge

The Razor's Edge is a studio album by English jazz bassist Dave Holland, released in 1987 via the ECM label.[1][2] It features Holland's quintet featuring alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler, trombonist Robin Eubanks and drummer "Smitty" Smith.


The record is the last of three albums recorded by a quintet line-up. Two tunes from this album have been reprised on later recordings--both "Blues For C.M." and the title track were featured on Holland's first big band release, What Goes Around.


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 4½ stars, stating, "The group's three ECM releases are well worth exploring, and this set gives listeners a strong example of their work".[3]

Track listing

All compositions by Dave Holland except as indicated
  1. "Brother Ty" (Doug Hammond) - 4:34
  2. "Vedana" - 4:53
  3. "The Razor's Edge" - 7:52
  4. "Blues for C.M." - 9:15
  5. "Vortex" (Steve Coleman) - 8:11
  6. "5 Four Six" (Kenny Wheeler) - 4:26
  7. "Wights Waits for Weights" (Coleman) - 5:25
  8. "Figit Time" (Hammond) - 6:17
  • Recorded at Tonstudio Bauer, Ludwigsburg in February 1987



  1. ^ "Dave Holland Discography". Jazz Disco. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Dave Holland Quintet - The Razor's Edge". Discogs. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed August 19, 2011.
  4. ^ Cook, Richard. "The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD". p. 752. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ Swenson, John (1999). The Rolling Stone Jazz & Blues Album Guide. Random House. Retrieved 2019. Blue Skies (Cassandra Wilson album).

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