The Bill Holman Band, Hommage (Jazzed Media). On the verge of his eightieth birthday, Holman retains the energy, wit, freshness and multi-layered conception that have made him a standard-setting arranger for fifty years. “Hommage á Woody,” is a three-part suite that captures aspects of Woody Herman and his bands of five decades, with Bob Efford exuberant and touching in his central role on clarinet. Holman also honors Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk and Tadd Dameron with brilliant variations on their work. As always, Holman’s band is loaded with impressive soloists, but there’s no doubt that the arranger is the star. The album is dedicated to the memory of Bob Enevoldsen.