CD: Mike Holober

Holober.jpgMike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra, Quake (Sunnyside). Pianist-composer-arranger Holober chooses not to call his large congregation a big band. His scoring justifies the term orchestra. Balancing lushness with motion in and through the horn and rhythm sections, he evokes nature; the rustling of aspens in “Quake,” bird song in “Thrushes.” He is equally creative in his own pieces and in reinventions of songs by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Holober’s soloists, including himself, are among the best in New York.

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