2LPs ON 1 CD
5 STARS DOWN BEAT MAGAZINE
This edition contains the complete original album The Fabulous Bill Holman (Coral 57188), which was Holman’s second LP as a leader.
From 1954 to 1960 he was one of the most in demand jazz arrangers on the West Coast. However, he rarely recorded his own material. As a bonus the album Kenton Presents: Bill Holman (Capitol H6500), also in its entirety, as well as two tracks from the LP Bill Holman’s Great Big Band (Capitol ST-1464). This is an excellent testimony to the genius of Bill Holman as both an arranger and a tenor saxophonist.
BILL HOLMAN BIG BAND:
(1) & (5-6)
Conte Candoli, Ray Lynn, Al Porcino (tp)
Stu Williamson (tp and v-tb)
Lewis McGreery, Bob Fitzpatrick, Ray Sims (tb)
Herb Geller, Charlie Mariano (as)
Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Charlie Kennedy (ts)
Steve Perlow (bar)
Lou Levy (p)
Max Bennett (b)
Mel Lewis (d).
Hollywood April 29, 1957.
(2-4) Same personnel as above except Harry Betts (tb) replaces Lewis McGreery.
Hollywood, April 25, 1957.
*Bonus album: Kenton Presents: Bill Holman
(7-10) BILL HOLMAN OCTET:
Don Fagerquist (tp)
Bob Enevoldsen, Stu Williamson (v-tb)
Herb Geller (as)
Bill Holman (ts)
Bob Gordon (bar)
Curtis Counce (b)
Stan Levey (d).
Hollywood, May 4, 1954.
(11-14) Same personnel as above. Hollywood, May 12, 1954.
(15-16) Same personnel as above except Nick Travis (tp) replaces Don Fagerquist,
and Max Bennett (b) replaces Curtis Counce. Los Angeles, August 2, 1954.
**Bonus tracks: BILL HOLMAN BIG BAND
Al Porcino, Lee Katzman, Conte Candoli, Ray Triscari (tp),
Frank Rosolino, Vern Friley, Lew McGreery (tb)
Ken Shroyer (b-tb)
Joe Maini, Charlie Kennedy (as),
Bill Holman, Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca (ts)
Jack Nimitz (bar)
Jimmy Rowles (p)
Joe Mondragon (b)
Mel Lewis (d)
Los Angeles, June 29 (track 17) & July 1 (track 18), 1960.
01 AIREGIN 3:21
02 EVIL EYES 5:26
03 YOU AND I 5:01
04 BRIGHT EYES 4:42
05 COME RAIN OR COME SHINE 4:38
06 THE BIG STREET 16:42
07 SPARKLE 2.57*
08 TANGLEFOOT 2:27*
09 SONG WITHOUT WORDS 3:17*
10 AWFULLY BUSY 3:00*
11 PLAIN FOLKS 2:46*
12 BACK TO MINORS 2:37*
13 COUSIN JACK 2:32*
14 ON THE TOWN 3:00*
15 JUGHAID 3:21*
16 LOCOMOTION 2:49*
17 THE MOON IS BLUE 4:06**
18 OL’ MAN RIVER 4:09**
Total Time: 77:31
Down Beat original review: THE FABULOUS BILL HOLMAN
“This is one of the year’s outstanding big band albums. As a unified work this piece can be considered Holman’s finest writing to date. It is emotionally moving and conceptually fresh. Best of all – it swings around the maypole and back again. For the best in West Coast bigband jazz, this is it.” (John A. Tynan)