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
The Razor's Edge

The Razor's Edge is an album by jazz bassist Dave Holland, released in 1987. It 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".[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

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


Steve Coleman - alto saxophone
Kenny Wheeler - trumpet, flugelhorn, cornet
Robin Eubanks - trombone
Dave Holland - double bass
Marvin "Smitty" Smith - drums


  1. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed August 19, 2011.