When I was 18, I was getting hip to the ECM sound and I saw this album in the rack. I thought solo bass could be interesting and bought it. I had no idea that Dave Holland played with Miles Davis. I had no clue who Anthony Braxton was. I just thought a solo bass album was a good idea.
Emerald Tears sounded amazing, as if the bass was right there in the room. I heard a Miles tune, Solar and got my first exposure to a Braxton tune with Composition 69Q (aka B-40/RS-4-W/M23-6K).
Later I followed up by buying lots of music with Holland as the bass player. It certainly seemed like he was on a lot of albums with Jack DeJohnette in the ’70s, so I added those to my collection too. How could such a busy bass player still provide a solid foundation? I still don’t know, so I keep listening.
Mr. Holland must be keeping a tight grip on YouTube, I can’t find any examples from this album, so just buy a copy of Emerald Tears and listen to it.
update Sept 21, 2014