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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2007
Label: Jazzed Media
UPC: 0700261207407
catalogNumber: 1024
Rank: 117441


  1. Raincheck
  2. Sunshinola
  3. Zamboni
  4. Bemsha Swing
  5. If You Could See Me Now
  6. Woodchopper's Ball
  7. Hommage à Woody, Pt. 1: A Man of Few Herds
  8. Hommage à Woody, Pt. 2: Milwaukee Nights
  9. Hommage à Woody, Pt. 3: The Chopper

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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