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Bill Holman has composed and arranged for Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Doc Severinsen, Buddy Rich, Terry Gibbs, Count Basie, Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band and others. He formed his own California-based band in 1975 and continues to perform with it in the U.S. and worldwide. He received his honorary doctorate through Elmhurst College of Illinois.


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After You've Gone (for Woody Herman) - arr. Bill Holman After You've Gone - arr. Bill Holman Ain't Life Grand - Bill Holman
 Holman has done a few arrangements of this tune, and this one may well be the best.  Bill Holman's Big Bands have always been exciting and fresh, primarily due to his writing.  This Bill Holman chart was written for the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra.
Airegin - arr. Bill Holman Any Dude'll Do - Bill Holman Aura - Bill Holman
Airegin - arr. Bill Holman
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Any Dude'll Do - Bill Holman
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Aura - Bill Holman
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 This great Sonny Rollins jazz standard features Holman's 1956 writing in a free-swinging, terrific chart.  A happy, cookin, shuffle tune in the best Holman tradition!  Very reasonable ranges and figures which just swing like crazy! Solo space for alto and baritone saxes and drums.  This wonderful chart features a front line of tenor sax and trumpet stating the melody.
Bary Me Not - Bill Holman Beat 70 - Metheny & Mays / arr. Bob Curnow Begin the Beguine (for Doc) - arr. Bill Holman
Bary Me Not - Bill Holman
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 As recorded on the new CD The Bill Holman Band Live, Holman has written a witty, musical, fun-filled feature for baritone saxophone.    Bob Curnow provides yet another great arrangement of one of Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays' biggest hits. Originally recorded on their album Letter From Home, "Beat 70" is an exciting up-tempo Latin/fusion tune that will leave your band and audiences humming this catchy melody for the rest of the day! Ranges are mostly modest and rhythmic concerns are minimal. There is solo space for tenor saxophone, trumpet, piano and drums. This chart is a must-have! 5-4-4-4  As recorded on "Tonight Show Band, Vol.
Bemsha Swing - arr Bill Holman Blue Daniel - arr. Bill Holman Blues For Alfy - Bill Holman
Blues For Alfy - Bill Holman
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 This is the chart that people have been wanting to see in print for years! Recorded by the Bill Holman Band on their album "Briliant Corners", this is the great Thelonious Monk tune set in a straight-eighth Latin feel.  Frank Rosolino's jazz waltz is loved by all, and Holman's arrangement of it is superb.  This chart was recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on the CD I Told You So (out-of-print).
Boop Boo Be Doop - Bill Holman Bright Eyes - Bill Holman Bugle Call Rag - arr. Bill Holman
Bright Eyes - Bill Holman
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 Bill Holman wrote some of the best music played by the Stan Kenton Orchestra and "Boop Boo Be Doop" is surely one of those charts.  There were a number of sensational charts written in the 50's for the Bill Holman Band and the Terry Gibbs Band.  As recorded by the Tonight Show Band on "Once More With Feeling" (Amherst),  this wonderful chart is the hottest "flag-waver" of all time.
But Beautiful - arr. Bill Holman C Jam Blues - arr. Bill Holman Carl - Bill Holman
Carl - Bill Holman
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 Exactly as recorded on the View From the Side CD, this wonderful chart was written for Pete Christlieb to be featured on tenor saxophone.  This great chart is recorded (1999) on the Azica CD "Swingin' the Blues.  When Bill Holman writes a feature for a player, especially in the Kenton Band, you know it will be wonderful.
Certain Circles - Bill Holman Cherokee - Bill Holman Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! - arr. Bill Holman
Certain Circles - Bill Holman
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Cherokee - Bill Holman
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 Holman really gets into his imitative writing with this chart.  As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra  on "Contemporary Concepts," this publication completes the goal of getting this entire watershed recording into print.  This is a wonderful chart, an old tune in a new dress, as only Bill Holman can do it.
Country Boy, A - arr. Bill Holman Cubajazz - Bill Holman Daily Dance, The - Bill Holman
Cubajazz - Bill Holman
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 Sierra continues to find the lost treasures from Maynard Ferguson's Birdland Dream Band Library.  Rarely does a piece turn up like this one.  The Daily Dance was recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on the CD "Birthday in Britain.
Dancing Nitely - Bill Holman Donna Lee - arr. Bill Holman Easy To Love (Edited) - arr. Bill Holman
Dancing Nitely - Bill Holman
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Donna Lee - arr. Bill Holman
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 Bill Holman titled this one after the signs which used to be in the old-time dance halls around the country.  This chart is not for the faint-of-heart.  Bill Holman's arrangement, from the Maynard Ferguson Band "Boy With Lots Of Brass" recording, is a wonderful medium-swing tune with solo space for piano, alto, and trumpet.
Easy To Love (Pro) - arr. Bill Holman Fearless Finlay - Bill Holman Fillings - Bill Holman
Fearless Finlay - Bill Holman
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Fillings - Bill Holman
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 Bill Holman's arrangement, from the Maynard Ferguson Band "Boy With Lots Of Brass" recording, is a wonderful medium-swing tune with solo space for piano, alto, and trumpet. There were a few Holman charts that were written for the Stan Kenton Orchestra which had disappeared over the years, seemingly lost forever.  Recorded on the Hawthorne Nights LP (PABLO) by Zoot Sims, and a wonderful cast of players, this is a neat, medium swing tune which features tenor sax (naturally).
Git, The - Bill Holman Happy Birthday To You - arr. Bill Holman Another great chart.
Git, The - Bill Holman
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Hav-a-Havana - Bill Holman
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 This chart was recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on the CD "I Told You So.  A fun-filled, exciting chart on the old tune.  Any Kenton fan knows this piece very well, as it is one of the finest things ever written for Stan.
Hawthorne Nights - Bill Holman Honeysuckle Rose - arr. Bill Holman I Didn't Ask - Bill Holman
I Didn't Ask - Bill Holman
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 This is a bright, up-tempo chart in a contemporary framework.  As recorded by the Tonight Show Band on "Once More With Feeling" (Amherst), this bright, swinging chart is a blast !  Bill Holman is at his best, weaving descending unison lines with the tune stated by trumpet and tenor sax (both of which are given solo space).  Recorded on the A View From the Side CD by the Bill Holman Band, this chart is a slow blues, with Willis taking a VERY different approach.
I Remember You - arr. Bill Holman I'll Be Around - arr. Bill Holman I've Got You Under My Skin - arr. Bill Holman
 This is one of those superb Holman charts written for Stan Kenton in the early '50's that just swings like crazy.  Boy, you talk about a wonderful Trombone Feature .  This may be the all-time greatest jazz arrangement of a standard tune.
If You Could See Me Now - arr. Bill Holman In Lighter Vein - Bill Holman Indiana - arr. Bill Holman
In Lighter Vein - Bill Holman
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Indiana - arr. Bill Holman
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 Tadd Dameron's ballad "If You Could See Me Now" receives sensitive and thoughtful treatment in this arrangement by the great Bill Holman.  Recorded in 1954 for the recording Kenton Showcase this chart is an alto saxophone feature throughout.  Here is another chart written for Stan Kenton (in the mid-1950's), that was never recorded by the band.
Invention for Guitar and Trumpet - Bill Holman Isn't She Lovely (for Doc) - arr. Bill Holman Isn't She Lovely - arr. Bill Holman
 Once used in the Blackboard Jungle movie, this piece is one of Holman's earliest compositions to be recorded by Kenton. Bill wrote a chart on this wonderful Stevie Wonder tune for his own band and also for the Tonight Show Band.  Exactly as recorded on the JVC Bill Holman Band CD, Stevie Wonder's great tune never sounded so good! Set in a medium-shuffle feel, this chart features tenor saxophone (a la Bob Cooper on the CD) and the wonderful gift of Bill Holman's imaginative arranging.
Just Friends - arr. Bill Holman Just Sayin' - Bill Holman Keep The Customer Satisfied - arr. Bill Holman
Just Sayin' - Bill Holman
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 This an absolutely amazing chart, demanding and exciting beyond belief!  The chart is extensive in length and packed full of the great writing for which Bill is known.   Celebrating his 90th birthday and still providing superb music for all of us to enjoy. Bill Holman's "Just Sayin'" proves that he is still in a league of his own!  Who will ever be able to forget the dynamic Buddy Rich Band? This chart was a staple in that library for a long time, spinning off of the 60's-70'slook at more contemporary music sources (rock, folk, etc.
Kingfish - Bill Holman Kissing Bug - arr. Bill Holman Lightnin' - Bill Holman
Kingfish - Bill Holman
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Lightnin' - Bill Holman
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 This is one of Holman's best loved (and most often played) charts.  The great Strayhorn tune set in a wonderfully playable chart with Holman's unique, clever approach.  A walkin'-tempo blues featuring trumpet and tenor.
Limehouse Blues - arr. Bill Holman Loose - Bill Holman Lot of Livin' To Do - arr. Bill Holman
Loose - Bill Holman
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 This is another of the many wonderful charts arranged by Holman for the Stan Kenton Orchestra.  Written for and recorded by the Buddy Rich Band on the Big Swing Face CD, this wonderful chart features trumpet (a la Bobby Shew on the CD) and alto saxophone (a la Quinn Davis on the CD).  As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra and Jean Turner,  this chart used to be Jean's opener when she sang with the Kenton Band.
Lover Man - arr. Bill Holman Make My Day - Bill Holman Malaga - Bill Holman
Lover Man - arr. Bill Holman
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Make My Day - Bill Holman
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Malaga - Bill Holman
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 This chart was originally written for Charlie Parker to perform with the Stan Kenton Orchestra.  Bill's wonderful melodic ideas find a home in a humorous setting featuring swinging tenor sax and trombone solos.  Absolutely one of the all-time great big band charts! Tenor sax, drums and trumpet solos, interspersed with fabulous ensemble writing.
Malaguena (Edited) arr. Holman/Curnow Malaguena - arr. Bill Holman Man I Love, The - arr. Bill Holman
Malaguena - arr. Bill Holman
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 This is a new edition (Finale computer notation) of the original arrangement, edited to be played with the following instrumentation:  2 altos, 2 tenors, baritone saxophone, 5 trumpets, 5 trombones,  piano, bass and drums.  This is a new edition (Finale computer notation) of the original arrangement, with no editing.  As recorded by the Bill Holman Band on In A Jazz Orbit, here is his chart on the wonderful Gershwin melody.
More About Thirds - Bill Holman Mulligan Tawny (for Woody Herman) - Bill Holman My Funny Valentine - arr. Bill Holman
 This amazing work was commissioned by the I.  As written for and recorded by the Woody Herman Orchestra (Columbia), here is a great chart fashioned with a nod to Gerry Mulligan's groups.  As originally recorded by the great Charlie Mariano with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, this is a must-have solo feature for alto saxophone.
Never Sleep (MM3 The Big Street) No Heat - Bill Holman No Joy In Mudville - Bill Holman
No Heat - Bill Holman
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 This is the third movement of the three-part suite titled "The Big Street" which was recorded on the album "The Fabulous Bill Holman" in 1957.  You've probably heard this chart on the great recordings such as In A JazzOrbit (Holman's Band) or the Terry Gibbs DreamBand CDs.  Scintillating big band music at its best!! Holman does it again! Lots of blowing space for trombone and baritone sax, and a romp-stompin' trip through Holman's present-day ideas about the modern big band.
Norwegian Wood Of All Things -  Bill Holman Ol' Man River - arr. Bill Holman
Norwegian Wood
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Of All Things - Bill Holman
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 This is the real thing, as written for and recorded by the Buddy Rich Band on the Big Swing Face CD.  Holman originally wrote this chart to feature Charlie Parker with the Kenton Band in the early '50's.  Holman once again takes an older tune and reinvents it in a swinging, very hip fashion.
On The Corner (MM2 - Street Suite) - Bill Holman Only The Greatest - Bill Holman Opener, The - Bill Holman
Opener, The - Bill Holman
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 On the Corner is a moderate tempoed blues .  As written for and performed by the Buddy Rich Big Band, here is the long-missing chart that Holman wrote to feature The Great One.  There are a few charts from this library which are very playable by any reasonably well developed jazz ensemble.
Opening - Bill Holman Out of Nowhere - arr. Bill Holman Peacocks, The - arr. Bill Holman
Opening - Bill Holman
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Here is a great, free-swingin' Opener, also written for Stan Kenton.  Holman wrote this to feature Bill Perkins in the mid '50's.  This is a beautifully haunting melody, scored for bass clarinet soloist (opt.
Petaluma Lu - Bill Holman Plain Brown Wrapper - Bill Holman Polka Dots and Moonbeams - arr. Bill Holman
Petaluma Lu - Bill Holman
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 A really delightful samba! 339 measures of pure delight! Features soprano sax and flugelhorn, as well as drums and bass.  This chart was recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on the CD "I Told You So.  Arranged by Holman for Carl Fontana with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in the mid 50's.
Press One - Bill Holman Readymix - Bill Holman Real You, The - Bill Holman
Press One - Bill Holman
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Readymix - Bill Holman
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Real You, The - Bill Holman
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 As recorded on the new CD The Bill Holman Band Live, this chart is a vibrant, clever, swinging original.  This chart was a staple in the Buddy Rich Big Band library for a long time, spinning off of the incredible excitement of that band.  A kind of quirky approach in a medium groove.
Resisting Arrest (MM4 - Street Suite) - Bill Holman Rhapsody In Blue - arr. Bill Holman Roseland (MM2 The Big Street)
Roseland (MM2 The Big Street)
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 The finale to this wonderful suite is set at a fast pace, with a great theme (unison trombones and tenors to start) and lots of solo spaces for tenor sax, trumpet and drums.  As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra on "Live at Brigham Young University",  this is a rare baritone saxophone solo feature throughout.  This is the second movement of the three-part suite titled The Big Street which was recorded on the album The Fabulous Bill Holman in 1957.
Royal Blue - arr. Bill Holman Ruby, My Dear - arr. Bill Holman Ruth - Bill Holman
Royal Blue - arr. Bill Holman
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Ruth - Bill Holman
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 Bill Holman's compositions in the library of the Stan Kenton Orchestra were some of the most exciting pieces ever conceived for jazz orchestra.  The new CD Brilliant Corners, as recorded by Bill Holman's Band, is taking the jazz world by storm! Here is one of the ballads on the recording, which contains all Thelonious Monk compositions as arranged by Holman.  This is one of the most original big band rock/fusion charts ever written.
Serenade in Blue - arr. Bill Holman Shades (MM1 - Street Suite) - Bill Holman Shadrack - arr. Bill Holman
Shadrack - arr. Bill Holman
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 As recorded on "Tonight Show Band, Vol.  Shades opens with a drum solo (brushes on snare) in a medium tempo and swings on from there.  Bill Holman's Great Big Band was a sensational ensemble! That album has just been re-issued on Mosaic Records.
Sizzler - Bill Holman Solo For Buddy - Bill Holman Speak Low - arr. Bill Holman
Sizzler - Bill Holman
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Solo For Buddy - Bill Holman
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Speak Low - arr. Bill Holman
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 Recorded on the Vic Lewis West Coast All-Stars play the music of Bill Holman (MOLE JAZZ CD 14) by an exciting lineup of L.  Buddy Childers, that is! Willis wrote this for Buddy in 1954, and it is recorded on the Kenton Showcase album (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set. This is a wonderful, easy-swing chart on a great standard, set at a moderate tempo.
St. Louis Blues (for Doc) - arr. Bill Holman St. Thomas - arr. Bill Holman Stairway To The Stars - arr. Bill Holman
St. Thomas - arr. Bill Holman
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 As recorded by the Tonight Show Band on "Once More With Feeling" (Amherst), Holman takes a fresh look at this wonderful old jazz standard.  Sonny Rollins and Bill Holman.  Another terrific feature chart by Bill Holman.
Stardust - arr. Bill Holman Stella by Starlight - arr. Bill Holman Stereoso - Bill Holman
Stardust - arr. Bill Holman
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Stereoso - Bill Holman
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 This is a great chart on a great standard, originally recorded by the Terry Gibbs Band on the Dream Band CD.  A great alto saxophone feature.  The Bill Holman Great Big Band recorded this chart on the Capitol album (same name) in 1960.
Stompin' at the Savoy - arr. Bill Holman Stop-Go (MM3 - Street Suite) - Bill Holman Street Suite - Bill Holman
Street Suite - Bill Holman
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 If there is one chart which seems to capture the essence of Stan's mid-fifties bands, this is the one! The chart swings like mad from downbeat to the end.  As the title implies, this chart does not rest for a moment. This was written for the Danish Radio Big Band.
Sunshinola - Bill Holman Swee' Pea - Bill Holman Take the "A" Train - arr. Bill Holman
Sunshinola - Bill Holman
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Swee' Pea - Bill Holman
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  As recorded on the new CD "Hommage", Holman has written a witty, musical, fun-filled "fantasy" on the well-known American tune (as in "You are my.  This chart was recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on the CD "I Told You So.  As recorded on "Tonight Show Band, Vol.
Tennessee Waltz - arr. Bill Holman Theme and Variations #2 - Bill Holman Theme and Variations - Bill Holman
 This chart is a sensational version of the old standard, all dressed up with a new look only Holman could create.  Holman's writing is legendary, and this chart will just add to the legend.  Recorded in 1953 on the Kenton Showcase album (This music is available from Mosaic Records in their Russo/Holman CD set.
There Will Never Be Another You - arr. Bill Holman Ticker - Bill Holman Tico Tico - arr. Bill Holman
Ticker - Bill Holman
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Tico Tico - arr. Bill Holman
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 This is one of the great "unrecorded" (or "missing") solo features written for the Stan Kenton Orchestra.  This chart was recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on the CD "I Told You So.  As recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra (Creative World CD) on  " Live at Redlands University",   this chart is a rip-roaring latin and swing chart that just flies along.
Told You So - Bill Holman Told You So - Bill Holman Too Close for Comfort - arr. Bill Holman
Told You So - Bill Holman
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Told You So - Bill Holman
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 This chart was recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on the CD "I Told You So.  Great charts often require editing to maintain their freshness and relevance. We put this classic chart into Finale, reduced it to 8 brass, and are now providing a full score. This wonderful piece is on the Count Basie Orchestra CD "I Told You So."  Count Basie recorded this on the wonderful CD "I Told You So.
Tree Frog - Bill Holman View From The Side, A - Bill Holman West Side (MM 1 The Big Street)
Tree Frog - Bill Holman
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 This chart was recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on the CD "I Told You So.  Winner of the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition.  This is the first movement of the three-part suite titled The Big Street which was recorded on the album The Fabulous Bill Holman in 1957.
What's New? - arr. Bill Holman Winning the West - Bill Holman Woodrow - Bill Holman
Woodrow - Bill Holman
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 This may be the all-time greatest jazz arrangement of a standard tune.  As written for and performed by the Buddy Rich Big Band, here is the long-missing chart that Holman wrote to feature Buddy on Drums and Pat LaBarbera on Tenor Sax.  Bill Holman has created a rollicking, swinging, wonderful tribute to Woody Herman with this great chart.
Works - Bill Holman World is Waiting for the Sunrise, The - arr. Bill Holman Yesterdays - arr. Bill Holman
Works - Bill Holman
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Yesterdays - arr. Bill Holman
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 Here is a terrific medium swing chart, also written for Stan Kenton in the 50s.  This wonderful chart is recorded on "Tonight Show Band, Vol.  This is a wonderful feature for tenor saxophone (as recorded by Bill Perkins).
You and I - arr. Bill Holman You Go To My Head - arr. Bill Holman Zamboni - Bill Holman
You and I - arr. Bill Holman
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Zamboni - Bill Holman
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 Holman has a wonderful knack of taking just about any tune and making it swing like crazy.  A medium tempo, very interesting setting for this well-known standard.  What a marvelous chart this is! The "engine" which keeps on going is a 4-bar vamp in the rhythm section.
Zoot 'n' Al - Bill Holman Zoot - Bill Holman
Zoot 'n' Al - Bill Holman
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Zoot - Bill Holman
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 As recorded on the new CD The Bill Holman Band Live, this chart features two tenor saxophone players throughout, playing together and separately.  Holman wrote this to feature (of course) Zoot Sims on tenor saxophone.