|Dave Holland helping Joe Mudele onto the stage
Ronnie Scott’s Nov 2013. Photo credit: Benjamin Amure
A few weeks ago we had an entry for our weekly newsletter prize draw for a copy of Dave Holland’s album Prism from the 93-year old bassist Joe Mudele, who has inspired many younger players and who was continuing to play his Monday gig in Bexley until just a few months ago.
I discovered that he had played alongside Dave Holland in the 1960’s. We withdrew Joe from the prize draw competition, but asked Sony and Ronnie Scott’s to see if we could arrange something special. These pictures show Dave receiving a his personal copy of the new album at Sunday’s show. (Thanks to all who have been involved to make this happen).
We understand Saturday November 2nd was a special anniversary too, with nostalgia and high emotions. Speaking from the stage at the Saturday show, (I’m told this, and I hope I’ve got it right?) Dave Holland remembered that November 2nd 1968 was the day Miles Davis heard him play on that same stage at Ronnie Scott’s which led two weeks later to the call to fly to join Miles’ band in New York.
This music, which is all about human connection and re-connection, lives. How could it not?