According to the web site Jazz Times, the bassist's future recordings will be released through the new venture, called Dare2 Productions, and distributed by Sunnyside Records in the United States and by Universal Music Jazz France internationally.
Holland has recorded for ECM, a much-admired German label, for three decades, starting with the seminal 1972 album Conference of the Birds. His recent CDs for the label include the big band recording What Goes Around, which won a Grammy Award in 2003.
A spokesperson for ECM said that Holland had left under amicable circumstances. "Dave just feels it's time for him to move on," she said.
Holland's first Dare2 release will be a second big band recording, Jazz Times says. It is due in early 2005.