Prime Directive (album)

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Prime Directive
Prime Directive (album).jpg
Studio album by Dave Holland Quintet
Released 1999
Recorded December 10–12, 1998
Genre Jazz
Length 72:53
Label ECM
Producer Dave Holland
Dave Holland chronology
Points of View
Prime Directive
Not for Nothin'

Prime Directive is an album by jazz bassist Dave Holland's Quintet released on the ECM label in 1999.[1][2]


The Allmusic review by Brian Bartolini awarded the album 4½ stars stating "Tremendous taste prevents Holland from making unsatisfying music. He is a great leader in the truest senses of the word -- he gives his team space, trusts their abilities and judgment, yet all the while remains firmly in command and infuses the results with his own style and personality. Prime Directive is a wonderful jazz album. These 77 minutes and nine tracks do not cheat or disappoint... Prime Directive is recommended; a great leader is, indeed, hard to find".[3] In 2000 the well-respected Jazz Journalists Association honored the album with their award Record of the Year.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Dave Holland except as indicated
  1. "Prime Directive" - 7:46
  2. "Looking Up" - 13:32
  3. "Make Believe" - 6:25
  4. "A Seeking Spirit" (Robin Eubanks) - 11:21
  5. "High Wire" (Chris Potter) - 6:49
  6. "Jugglers Parade" - 8:14
  7. "Candelight Vigil" (Steve Nelson) - 4:51
  8. "Wonders Never Cease" (Billy Kilson) - 13:55
  9. "Down Time" - 3:48
  • Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York City on December 10–12, 1998



  1. ^ ECM catalogue
  2. ^ HOVAN, C. ANDREW (April 1, 2000). "Dave Holland Quintet: Prime Directive". All About Jazz. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Bartolini, B. Allmusic Review accessed October 19, 2011.

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