Bill Holman (ts, arr & cond), with Al Porcino, Ray Linn, Conte Candoli, Stu Williamson (tp), Bob Fitzpatrick, Ray Sims, Lew McCreary (tb), Charlie Mariano, Herb Geller, Richie Kamuca, Steve Perlow (saxes), Lou Levy (p), Max Bennett (b), Mel Lewis (d)
Reference: JW-004 LP
Format: LP / 12" / 33rpm / MONO
Label: JAZZ WORKSHOP
Catalogue Reference: JW-004
Recording Year: 1957
Country of Pressing: SPAIN
Comments: Sealed New Copy
Reissue of the original Coral CRS 57188
Cover Grade: MINT
Vinyl Grade: MINT
01. Airegin (Sonny Rollins) 3:18
02. Evil Eyes (Bill Holman) 5:32
03. You And I (Meredith Wilson) 4:59
04. Bright Eyes (Bill Holman) 4:42
01. Come Rain Or Come Shine (Johnny Mercer-Harold Arlen) 4:36
02. The Big Street (Bill Holman) 16:40
Originally issued in Mono on CORAL CRL 57188
Bill Holman Orchestra, featuring Conte Candoli, Ray Lynn, Al Porcino (tp), Stu Williamson (tp & v-tb), Bob Fitzpatrick, Ray Sims (tb), Lewis McCreary (tb), Harry Betts (replaces McCreay on side 1 tracks #2,3,4), Herb Geller, Charlie Mariano (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Charlie Kennedy (ts), Steve Perlow (bs), Lou Levy (p), Max Bennett (b), Mel Lewis (d).
Side One, recorded in Hollywood, on April 25, 1957
Side Two, same place, April 29, 1957
Bill Holman arranged and conducted both sessions.
Original liner notes by Burt Korall.
Cover photo by Garrett-Howard.
"Bill Holman's second album as a leader was originally released on Coral before being reissued on Sackville in 1979. The masterful arranger is heard taking some rare solos on tenor with a 16-piece group of top West Coast jazz players from the era. For the set, Holman rewrote two standards ("Airegin" and "You and I") and contributed a pair of concise originals, plus the nearly 17-minute "The Big Street." Among the other soloists are trumpeter Conte Candoli, pianist Lou Levy, valve trombonist Stu Williamson, altoists Charlie Mariano and Herb Geller and tenorman Richie Kamuca (who at one point trades off with Holman). The music is fairly advanced for the time period and still sounds fresh decades later."
Scot Yanow -All Music Guide