Few artists have appeared at the North Sea Jazz Festival as often as Dave Holland, who was alsoArtist In Residence in 2005. The Englishman is one of the most versatile double bass players in the world and has shared the stage with, among others, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock and Stan Getz. Holland (who now lives in New York) is also a composer and bandleader and this year he is bringing a brand new quartet called PRISM to the Ahoy stage. The group consists of Craig Taborn on keyboards, drummer Eric Harland and guitarist Kevin Eubanks. The reunion with the latter is particularly noteworthy. For over fifteen years Eubanks was the leader of the famous Tonight Show Band. With his new quartet Holland will dish up a serving of electrifying avant-garde jazz for the audience, and he won't be hogging the spotlight: one of Holland's greatest strengths is his capacity to allow the creative juices of his band members to flow freely, resulting in an energetic and organic whole.