Kenton first heard of Willis Holman when Gene Roland played Stan a recording of a 12-tone contrapuntal blues that Bill had written during his years at Westlake College of Music. After Holman joined the band on tenor sax, Kenton asked him to write a piece for Ferguson and Salvador. Holman was never happy with "Invention," but it features virtuoso playing from both participants. Holman became an important contributor to the band over the years, writing many compositions that band members often requested, arrangements for vocalists, and unique takes on standards culminating in an album called Contemporary Concepts
that was one of Kenton's all-time best.
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