Bill Holman

Hommage (JM 1024)

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Hommage

Bill Holman

Jazzed Media

700261207407

EDM 118967

JM 1024

JAZZ

1

CD 10,70 €

Bill Holman has long been one of jazz's most inventive and creative arrangers. He finally began to get some recognition for his abilities beyond the West Coast in the early 21st century, despite having had a very productive career for over a half-century. On Hommage, most of which was recorded live at a West Coast jazz festival, he pays tribute to Woody Herman with a greatly modernized version of "Woodchopper's Ball" and the three-part "Hommage à Woody" ("A Man of Few Herds," "Milwaukee Nights," and "The Chopper"), featuring Bob Efford in Herman's role on clarinet. The arrangements are more complex than Herman would normally play, but there are hints of Woody's music, both in Efford's solos and in the charts. In addition, Holman revitalizes three standards ("Raincheck" is particularly memorable) and contributes "Sunshinola" and a classic in "Zamboni." The key soloists in addition to Efford include tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb; trumpeters Jonathan Dane, Ron Stout, and Larry Lunetta; pianist Christian Jacob; and altoist Lanny Morgan — but the dense, exciting, and thoroughly unpredictable arrangements are the real stars. Highly recommended. This CD was nominated in 2007 for a Grammy award as Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album.

Tracks
1 Raincheck Strayhorn 8:24
Composed by: Strayhorn
Performed by: Holman, Bill Band

2 Sunshinola Holman 6:47
Composed by: Holman
Performed by: Holman, Bill Band

3 Zamboni Holman 8:09
Composed by: Holman
Performed by: Holman, Bill Band

4 Bemsha Swing Best, Monk 8:10
Composed by: Best, Monk
Performed by: Holman, Bill Band

5 If You Could See Me Now Dameron, Sigman 7:13
Composed by: Dameron, Sigman
Performed by: Holman, Bill Band

6 Woodchopper's Ball Bishop, Herman 6:50
Composed by: Bishop, Herman
Performed by: Holman, Bill Band

7 Hommage à Woody, Pt. 1: A Man of Few Herds Holman 8:34
Composed by: Holman
Performed by: Holman, Bill Band

8 Hommage à Woody, Pt. 2: Milwaukee Nights Holman 5:34
Composed by: Holman
Performed by: Holman, Bill Band

9 Hommage à Woody, Pt. 3: The Chopper Holman 6:45
Composed by: Holman
Performed by: Holman, Bill Band

2007 CD Jazzed Media