Title - 'Visions: Coast to Coast Connection'
Artist - Bob Holz
For those not in the know, composer/drummer/producer Bob Holz is an alumni of Berklee School of Music, where he majored in performance and composition with teachers Gary Chaffee and Michael Gibbs.
He went on to study privately with Dave Weckl and Billy Cobham and also found a mentor in drummer Wilby Fletcher Jr.( McCoy Tyner).
Fletcher shared his wealth of knowledge and experience with Holz over a 15 year time span up until his untimely death in 2010.
Holz has composed and recorded numerous live and studio recordings, movie sound tracks and theatrical productions, but is perhaps is still best known for his work on the Show Your Love movie soundtrack (directed by Edward J. Bruno for VCA films).
Holz has also toured extensively as a band leader (The Bob Holz Band) and even played at the 1999 Woodstock Music Festival in New York. He also performed along with Dr. John at a coveted awards ceremony at the 2006 M&T Jazz Festival in Syracuse, NY, amongst other prestigious artists and events.
In 2017, Bob released his 5th album, entitled Visions and Friends (which featured Larry Coryell, Randy Brecker, Ralphe Armstrong, Alex Machacek and Billy Steinway) and now he quickly follows that up with his brand new album, the quite stunning Visions: Coast to Coast Connection.
Released on February 23rd, 2018 via MVD Audio, Visions: Coast to Coast Connection, complete with special guest Stanley Clarke, utilizes dreamy sonic landscapes to create a brilliant concept album.
1. 'Split Decision'
2. 'Espresso Addiction'
3. 'Next In Line'
4. 'Jammin' Man'
5. 'Richie's Trip'
6. 'Pink Fur'
7. 'West Coast Blues'
8. 'Light & Dark'
9. 'Spanish Plains'
10. 'Flat Out'
Beginning in typically soaring style, 'Split Decision's perky, upbeat energy is just perfect to kick this whole album of ambiance off with and is backed seamlessly with both the delightfully sung 'Espresso Addiction' (dedicated to Larry Coryell) and the soft trumpet sounds of 'Next In Line.'
Those trumpets get turned up a wee bit for the brilliant 'Jammin' Man', which in turn is backed by the flawless beauty of 'Richie's Trip'. My own personal favorite here is the lo-fi jazz funk wonderment of 'Pink Fur', which is followed perfectly by the guitar work on 'West Coast Blues'.
Leveraging the bass talents of Stanley Clarke, Holz has created a masterpiece carved out of beautiful and haunting melodies and incredible drumming.
"I really enjoyed playing Bob's music very much," Clarke has since said. "Great players along with great compositions is always a winning combination!”
The whole album mood is taken underground for some dusky late night jazz club sounds courtesy of the aptly titled 'Light & Dark,' before the delicate flamenco guitar work of 'Spanish Plains,' and album closer 'Flat Out,' round out the musical experience in style.
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