Bill Holman wrote these charts over twenty years ago for saxophonist Ted Richardson, but the arrangements were never recorded. Recently, Richardson approached Carl Saunders to ask if he would record these sacred scrolls. Playing with some of the best players on the West Coast…from Bill Holman’s band…Saunders ignites a fire on this powerful recording of crazy-difficult Holman charts! Jazz fans and musicians worldwide have long known that Carl Saunders is one of the great trumpet players around today. He has worked with Stan Kenton, Bobby Sherwood, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Robert Goulet, Harry James, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman, Charlie Barnet, and many more.
A word of advice to big-band enthusiasts (and everyone else)’if there is one small-group recording to install on your radar screen this year, this is the one. If there were any justice (there isn’t), The Lost Bill Holman Charts would earn every award to be had (including a Grammy) without breaking a sweat. -allaboutjazz.com