Bill Holman: Donna Lee
Bill Holman Band
The Bill Holman Band Live (Jazzed Media 1007)
Composed by Charlie Parker. Arranged by Bill Holman.
Recorded: LAX Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Los Angeles, September 30, 2004
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
The veteran arranger Bill Holman is considered by many to be the best in the business, whether writing for Stan Kenton or for the Fifth Dimension. So it’s always a treat when he puts together a big band of topflight Los Angeles musicians to play his charts. At this live performance, he introduces an arrangement of Charlie Parker’s classic “Donna Lee” that’s arguably the most innovative and imaginative in the jazz repertory. And it swings like crazy.
Reviewer: David Franklin