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The Bill Holman Band 'Hommage' CD release follows the 2006 Grammy nominated CD The Bill Holman Band 'Live' also released on Jazzed Media. Bill Holman salutes several jazz greats including Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk, Tadd Dameron, and Woody Herman.
Trumpets- Carl Saunders, Pete DiSiena, Ron Stout, Jonathan Dane, Larry Lunetta
Trombones- Jack Redmond, Dave Ryan, Andy Martin, Craig Gosnell
Woodwinds- Lanny Morgan, Bruce Babad, Pete Chrislieb, Doug Webb, Bob Efford, Bob Carr
Piano- Christian Jacob
Bass- Joel Hamilton
Drums- Kevin Kanner
Personnel changes for Bemsha Swing-
Bob Summers replaces Jonathan Dane
Roger Ingram added
John Grab replaces Jack Redmond
Bob Enevoldsen replaces Dave Ryan
Ray Hermann replaces Doug Webb
Bob Carr out
Well-deserved accolades abound for Bill Holman. Known for his command of multi-themed linear writing, Holman continues to defy pigeonholing. Multi-reed band member Bob Efford says, 'You never know what is going to come out of him but it's always fresh without seeming to try to be, for want of a better word, modern'.
Bill Holman came to national attention as a tenor saxophone player and, shortly afterward, as a composer and arranger for Stan Kenton in March 1952. Although Bill's stint with Kenton's band was short (until November 1953), he continued to contribute compositions and arrangements. Many of these stayed in the Kenton book until the band's demise in 1979 proving why Bill was, is, and will be considered one of the major forces in the history of American Jazz from the early -1950s to the early 21st century. Listening to his music, from any era, is accessible and enjoyable on the surface level yet on repeated listening unveils layer upon layer of intricacies that keep his music timeless and fresh. Since 1987, with their first release The Bill Holman Band, the primary vehicle for Bill's compositions and arrangements has been his Band. With the exception of commissioned pieces, Bill thinks of his current band members as he writes
Because the dazzled crowd holds their applause until the end of Hommage, the listener might wonder if this is still a live recording. Bill Holman proclaims amen, 'Take a bow, fellas.'
Annie Byrnes Kuebler
Archivist, Institute of Jazz Studies, John Cotton Dana Library
Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey
Downbeat Magazine awards The Bill Holman Band "Hommage" CD 4 1/2 stars!