Bill Holman In a Jazz Orbit
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- Released: March 27, 1995
- Originally Released: 1997
- Label: Vsop Records
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Bill Holman Big Band: Bill Holman (conductor); Charlie Mariano, Herb Geller, Richie Kamuca, Charlie Kennedy, Bill Hood (saxophone); Al Porcino, Ed Leddy, Jack Sheldon, Conte Candoli, Stu Williamson (trumpet); Frank Rosolino, Carl Fontana, Ray Sims (trombone); Victor Feldman (piano); Buddy Clark (bass); Mel Lewis (drums).
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California from February 11-13, 1958. Includes liner notes by Andre Previn.
Personnel: Bill Holman (tenor saxophone); Herb Geller, Charlie Mariano (saxophone, alto saxophone); Richie Kamuca, Charlie Kennedy (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Bill Hood (saxophone, baritone saxophone); Conte Candoli, Jack Sheldon, Al Porcino, Stu Williamson , Ed Leddy (trumpet); Frank Rosolino, Ray Sims, Carl Fontana (trombone); Victor Feldman (piano); Mel Lewis (drums).
Liner Note Author: Andr‚ Previn.
Recording information: Radio Recorders (02/11/1958-02/13/1958); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (02/11/1958-02/13/1958).
Arranger: Bill Holman.
Considering his talents, arranger Bill Holman has led relatively few recording sessions through the years. This formerly rare big-band set from 1958 (originally on the Andex label and reissued on CD by V.S.O.P.) features a 15-piece band filled with West Coast all-stars. Among the soloists on these five standards and four originals are trombonists Frank Rosolino, Carl Fontana, and Ray Sims; altoists Charles Mariano and Herb Geller; trumpeter Jack Sheldon; Richie Kamuca on tenor; pianist Victor Feldman; and Holman himself on tenor. The leader's arrangements were quite distinctive (although not as complex as they would become) at this fairly early stage, and the results are a big-band album that still sounds fresh nearly four decades later. ~ Scott Yanow