The Razor's Edge (Dave Holland album)

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The Razor's Edge
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Studio album by Dave Holland Quintet
Released 1987
Recorded February 1987
Genre Avant-garde jazz, Post-Bop
Length 51:26
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
Dave Holland chronology
Seeds of Time
(1984)Seeds of Time1984
The Razor's Edge

The Razor's Edge is a studio album by English jazz bassist Dave Holland, released in 1987 via ECM label.[1][2]


The record is the last of three albums recorded by this 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]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

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 23 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Dave Holland Quintet – The Razor's Edge". Discogs. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed August 19, 2011.