Bill Holman (musician)
Although he has performed and recorded as a tenor saxophonist, Holman is best known as an arranger. Through his acquaintance with Gene Roland, Holman was auditioned by Stan Kenton and hired as a tenor sax player around 1951.
Kenton was apparently attracted to Holman's ability to integrate counterpoint and dissonance in subtle yet distinctive ways, and for his knack for making the usually unswinging Kenton band "swing" in its own particular fashion. Holman became Kenton's chief arranger, and wrote much of Kenton's 1950s repertoire; including one of Kenton's finest albums, Contemporary Concepts. He continued to write for Kenton, on and off, throughout the 1960s and 1970s.
In addition to his work for Kenton, Holman has provided charts for Woody Herman, Doc Severinsen, Buddy Rich, Terry Gibbs, Count Basie, Harry James, Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band and others. He formed his own California-based band in 1975 and continues to perform with it in the U.S. and worldwide. His 1997 recording Brilliant Corners/The Music of Thelonious Monk won a Grammy award.
He received his honorary doctorate through Elmhurst College of Illinois.
- The Fabulous Bill Holman - Andex, 1958
- In a Jazz Orbit - Coral, 1958
- Bill Holman's Great Big Band - Capitol, 1961
- The Norwegian Radio Band Meets Bill Holman - Taurus Records, 1987
- Bill Holman Band - JVC, 1988
- A View from the Side - JVC, 1995
- Brilliant Corners, the Music of Thelonious Monk - JVC, 1997
- Further Adventures (with The Netherlands Metropole Orchestra) - KOCH Jazz, 1997
- Big Band Live - Jazzed Media, 2005 (2006 Grammy nominee)
- Jazz in Concert (with the SWR Big Band) - Hammsler, 2005
- Hommage - Jazzed Media, 2007 (2008 Grammy nominee)
- New Concepts of Artistry in Rhythm (Stan Kenton Orchestra) - Capitol, 1952
- Kenton Showcase: The Music of Bill Holman - Capitol, 1954 (CD 2000)
With Maynard Ferguson
- Dimensions - (EmArcy, 1955)
- Maynard Ferguson Octet - (EmArcy, 1955)
- Around the Horn with Maynard Ferguson (EmArcy, 1956) - also composer and performer
- Swingin' My Way Through College (Roulette, 1959)
With Harry James
With Stan Kenton
- Kenton Showcase (Capitol, 1954) - also composer
- Contemporary Concepts (Capitol, 1955)
- Back to Balboa (Capitol, 1958)
- Two Much! (Capitol, 1960) with Ann Richards
- Adventures In Jazz (Capitol, 1962)
- Stan Kenton / Jean Turner (Capitol, 1963) with Jean Turner
With Gerry Mulligan
- The Gerry Mulligan Songbook (World Pacific, 1957)
- Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band on Tour (Verve, 1960 )
- Theme Music from "The James Dean Story" - (World Pacific, 1956)
- West Coast Wailers (Atlantic, 1955)
With Elmer Bernstein
- The Man with the Golden Arm (Decca, 1956)
With Peggy Connelly
- That Old Black Magic (Bethlehem, 1956)
With Stan Kenton
- Popular Favorites by Stan Kenton (Capitol, 1953)
- Sketches on Standards (Capitol, 1953)
- The Kenton Era (Capitol, 1940-54, )
With Johnny Mandel
- I Want to Live (United Artists, 1958)
With Shelly Manne
- The West Coast Sound (Contemporary, 1955) - also arranger
- Concerto for Clarinet & Combo (Contemporary, 1957)
With Shorty Rogers
- Shorty Rogers Courts the Count (RCA Victor, 1954)
- Shorty Rogers Plays Richard Rodgers (RCA Victor, 1957)
- Portrait of Shorty (RCA Victor, 1957)
- Gigi in Jazz (RCA Victor, 1958)
- Chances Are It Swings (RCA Victor, 1958)
- The Wizard of Oz and Other Harold Arlen Songs (RCA Victor, 1959)
With Lalo Schifrin
- The Cincinnati Kid (soundtrack) - (MGM, 1965)
- West Coast Jazz in Hifi - (Fantasy, 1959)
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