There's a new John Hollenbeck album showing up on Amazon, due out January 29th, 2013.
Songs I Like a Lot
An album of covers from what i understand. Anything released under Hollenbeck's name is cause for celebration. Can't wait.
I never became aware of John Hollenbeck's music until I was given his album "Joy and desires" nearly 8-9 years ago. The experience of hearing a big band playing something so new and creative was extremely exciting and I have been keeping an eye out for his recordings ever since. The new album looks fascinating but hasn't been issued in the UK yet.
For me, the newer jazz musicians that emerged in the early 2000's was depressingly dull and the scene seemed to be swamped with Scandinavian players that were either too much geared towards pop / fusion / techno or owed too much to folk and Classical traditions. I generally welcome new developments in jazz as half the buzz is discovering music you'be never been aware of before. I would have to say that John Hollenbeck is one of the musicians who is seriously thinking about what jazz can be whilst still being loyal to it's roots. Over the last year I've also been checking out alot of David Binney and I feel exactly the same about his music. It just seems so refreshing and original yet is recognisable as jazz. It's great how the music is evolving but both Hollenbeck and Binney seem demonstrative to my ears that the next breakthroughs in jazz will be with composition. We are really living in a Golden Era of jazz composers and thinkers. More power to the likes of John Hollenbeck and his ilk!!
I've really been enjoying Songs I Like A Lot. Witchita Lineman was a staple of supermarket background music and was used in a TV advertisement (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHYXBQmgyjQ) when i was a kid so i have negative associations with it. Hollenbeck's version has cleansed all the negativity and miraculously made me like it!
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