Holland contributed four of the six originals while DeJohnette brought in the other two one of which was co-written with Abercrombie. The interplay between the three musicians is quite impressive although listeners might find some of the music to be quite unsettling.
In he was nominated for a Grammy award for his work on Keith Jarrett's live album The Out-of-Townersand continued to work with that group into That same year, he released Music in the Key of OM on his new label, an electronic album which he created for relaxing and meditative purposes on which he played synthesizer and resonating bells, and which was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Age Album category.
Initially a traditional grip player, later he switched to matched grip due to a problem with tendinitis. His drumming style has been called unique; one critic writes that he is not merely a drummer but a "percussionist, colourist and epigrammatic commentator mediating the shifting John Abercrombie / Dave Holland / Jack DeJohnette - Gateway 2 densities" and that "his drumming is always part of the music's internal construction.
Gateway Gateway 2 Homecoming The Penguin Guide I Predict A Riot - Kaiser Chiefs - Enjoyment (DVD) Jazz called it a "reflective album, but it is by no means sombre" stating "Abercrombie seems to like the open rhythmic weave and plays acoustically with great confidence and finely controlled timbre and dynamics.
Holland is by no means playing at his best but he is incapable of mere journeywork and asserts his presence in the harmonic transitions in a way that more than makes up for the absence of keyboards"  The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow states "The interplay between the three musicians is quite impressive although listeners might find some of the music to be quite unsettling.
It takes several listens for one to digest all that is going on, but it is worth the struggle". From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Unlike the first Gateway album, this CD reissue puts more of an emphasis on the rockish side of guitarist John Abercrombie's style. Abercrombie who also plays some electric mandolin still indulges in close interplay with bassist Dave Holland and drummer Jack DeJohnette who doubles a bit on piano but the playing on the five group originals is generally more fiery than introspective.
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