CD: Carl Saunders/Bill Holman

Carl Saunders, The Lost Bill Holman Charts (MAMA). Holman wrote these jewels of chamber music in the early 1980s, but the commissioner put them in a closet for more than twenty years. When they came to the attention of virtuoso trumpeter Saunders, he assembled a septet to record them. And what a septet: tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb, trombonist Andy Martin, baritone saxophonist Bob Efford, pianist Christian Jacob, bassist Kevin Axt and drummer Santo Savino, with Sam Most as a guest soloist on flute and baritone. Holman wrote brilliantly for medium-sized bands for a Kenton Presents project in 1954, for Jimmy Rowles’ Weather In A Jazz Vane in 1958 and for Zoot Sims’ Hawthorne Nights in 1976. Since then, most of his work has been for large aggregations. These newfound charts fill the gap–and then some.

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