Seventy-one-year-old Bill Holman has long been one of our finest arrangers, with a well-deserved reputation established from his charts for Kenton, Herman, and Basie, to name three of many, and his own band, which he formed in 1975. In fact, their Monk tribute, Brilliant Corners, won last year’s Big Band Grammy. Since 1980, Holman has also worked regularly in Europe; writing, conducting, and playing concerts. “Issues and Answers,” was his first composition for the Netherlands Metropole Orchestra in Hilversum, Holland back in 1980 and in 1995, he rejoined the band for two new works, a four-part suite, which serves as the title selection here, and his arrangement of Alfred Newman’s “Moon of Manakorah.”
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