The Lost Bill Hol­man Charts MAMA

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - RAY COMISKEY

Com­mis­sioned by an oc­ca­sional sax­o­phon­ist (and full-time ge­ol­o­gist!) for a septet more than 25 years ago, th­ese Hol­man charts re­mained un­recorded and all but forgotten un­til trum­peter Carl Saun­ders heard of them. As­sem­bling a stel­lar band, in­clud­ing Pete Christlieb (tenor), Bob Ef­ford (bari­tone), Andy Martin (trom­bone), Chris­tian Ja­cob (pi­ano) and him­self, Saun­ders put flesh on some of Hol­man’s most ex­u­ber­antly in­ven­tive writ­ing. There are imag­i­na­tively glee­ful de­con­struc­tions of three stan­dards (Dearly Beloved, We’ll Be To­gether Again, Three Lit­tle Words), af­fec­tion­ate reimag­in­ings of Gillespie’s Ow and Duke’s All Too Soon, and typ­i­cally event­ful Hol­man orig­i­nals. If any­thing, the charts are al­most car­ried away by in­ci­dent, but the crisp­ness of ex­e­cu­tion makes light of their in­tri­cacy, and the soloists are all top ech­e­lon West Coast­ers.­ma­

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