Hommage

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/8/2007
  • Label: Jazzed Media
  • UPC: 700261207407
  • Catalog Number: 1024
  • Sales rank: 116,043

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Raincheck - Bill Holman Band (8:24)
  2. 2 Sunshinola - Bill Holman Band (6:47)
  3. 3 Zamboni - Bill Holman Band (8:09)
  4. 4 Bemsha Swing - Bill Holman Band (8:10)
  5. 5 If You Could See Me Now - Bill Holman Band (7:13)
  6. 6 Woodchopper's Ball - Bill Holman Band (6:50)
  7. 7 Hommage à Woody, Pt. 1: A Man of Few Herds - Bill Holman Band (8:34)
  8. 8 Hommage à Woody, Pt. 2: Milwaukee Nights - Bill Holman Band (5:34)
  9. 9 Hommage à Woody, Pt. 3: The Chopper - Bill Holman Band (6:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Holman Primary Artist
Pete Christlieb Reeds, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Bob Enevoldsen Trombone
Lanny Morgan Flute, Reeds, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
Bob Summers Trumpet
Bob Carr Reeds, Baritone Saxophone
Bob Efford Reeds, Baritone Saxophone
John Grab Trombone
Ray Herrmann Tenor Saxophone
Roger Ingram Track Performer
Christian Jacob Piano, Soloist
Larry Lunetta Trumpet, Soloist
Andy Martin Trombone
Jack Redmond Trombone
Carl Saunders Trumpet
Ron Stout Trumpet, Soloist
Doug Webb Reeds, Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Babad Flute, Reeds, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Soloist
Dave Ryan Trombone, Soloist
Pete DeSiena Trumpet
Craig Gosnell Trombone, Bass Trombone
Kevin Kanner Drums, Soloist
Jonathan Dane Trumpet, Soloist
Joel Hamilton Bass, Soloist
Jon Dane Trumpet
Pete DiSiena Trumpet
Technical Credits
Tadd Dameron Composer
Woody Herman Composer
Bill Holman Composer, Liner Notes
Denzil Best Composer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Joe Bishop Composer
Graham Carter Audio Production
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