Don Fagerquist, Nick Travis, Conte Candoli, Al Porcino (tp), Harry Betts, Lewis McCreary (tb), Bob Enevoldsen, Stu Williamson (vtb), Herb Geller, Charlie Mariano (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Charlie Kennedy (ts), Bob Gordon (bs), Lou Levy (p), Curtis
Reference: FSRCD 2219
Bill Holman is one of the most amazing talents of this era. His music is natural; he tolerates no force or hostility in his jazz. One of the composers of modern day linear writing, he has already affected the necessary change in the growth of orchestrated jazz. Holmans dry wit is one of his most entertaining attributes. His music, though technically serious, is a mirror of his happy philosophyat times even humorous. He enjoys a unanimous affection from all in jazz, both musically and personally, said Stan Kenton.
According to Holman: Melodically, I try to write human, singable lines with natural curves, sometimes trying for an improvised feel... Rhythmically, I use a lot of syncopation and off-beat accents in the ensembles as a band seems to be able to get together easier on off beats than on on beats.
03. Song Without Words
04. Awfully Busy
05. Plain Folks
06. Back To Minors
07. Cousin Jack
08. On The Town
12. Evil Eyes
13. You And I
14. Bright Eyes
15. Come Rain Or Come Shine
16. The Big Street
Personnel and dates:
Tracks #1-8: Bill Holman Octet with Don Fagerquist (tp), Bob Enevoldsen, Stu Williamson (vtb), Herb Geller (as), Bill Holman (ts), Bob Gordon (bs), Curtis Counce (b), Stan Levey (d). Recorded in Hollywood, on May 4 & 12, 1954.
Tracks #9-10: Same personnel but Nick Travis replaces Fagerquist, and Max Bennett replaces Counces. Recorded in Hollywood, on August 2, 1954.
Tracks #11-14: Bill Holman Orchestra with Conte Candoli, Ray Lynn, Al Porcino (tp), Harry Betts, Bob Fitzpatrick, Ray Sims (tb), Stu Williamson (vtb), Herb Geller, Charlie Mariano (as), Bill Holman, Richie Kamuca, Charlie Kennedy (ts), Steve Perlow (bs), Lou Levy (p), Max Bennett (b), Mel Lewis (d). Recorded in Hollywood, on April 25, 1957.
Tracks #15-16: Same personnel but Lewis McCreary replaces Betts. Recorded in Hollywood, on April 29, 1957.