Rick Holland

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To be sure, as producer Bob Rusch mentions in the liner notes, this music is "certainly not radical or innovative." Still, it is some of the best group playing in its genre of jazz bop. Trumpeter Rick Holland boasts a confident style, with a gentle tone reminiscent of Chet Baker, and Holland is equally adept on fl├╝gelhorn. A highlight is his duo with pianist Larry Novak on the standard "My Foolish Heart." Holland brings two rhythm sections: first, his usual Detroit group of pianist Terry Lower (who penned four of the charts), bassist Ed Fedewa, and drummer Larry Ochiltree; the second, sans drums, with bassist Thomas Kniflic and pianist Larry Novak. The stellar recording quality, combined with a lovely mix of standards (including "The Touch of Your Lips" and "Lush Life") and originals matches the outstanding performances all the way around.

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