After over a decade working as the go-to jazz orchestra composer and arranger on the international scene, Mike Holober returns to his roots with the release of Hiding Out, a double CD featuring The Gotham Jazz Orchestra (GoJO)performing two major original suites.
The Gotham Jazz Orchestra brings together a star-studded roster of New York City musicians. Featured soloists include saxophonists Jon Gordon, Jason Rigby, Billy Drewes, and Adam Kolker, trumpet players Marvin Stamm and Scott Wendholt, guitarists Steve Cardenas and Jesse Lewis, with Mike Holober on piano and Fender Rhodes electric piano.
About the Compositions
This double CD features a selection of commissioned projects that integrate extended forms from classical music with modern jazz language and improvisation, resulting in a musical statement that re-defines the jazz “big band” as a true orchestra.
Hiding Out was commissioned for The Gotham Jazz Orchestra by The Philadelphia Museum of Art (funded by the Pew Foundation), and was first performed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This 5-movement composition was composed at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and was inspired by the stark beauty of this remote western setting.
Using the extended form of a classical symphony, the composition develops thematically, punctuated by extensive segments of improvisation, and propelled by rhythmic and harmonic elements unique to the jazz orchestra tradition.
The movement titles are as follows:
- “4 Haiku“
- “It Was Just the Wind”
Flow was commissioned by the Westchester Jazz Orchestra (with funding from a NYSCA Grant), and was written during a residency at the MacDowell Colony (in the same setting that Aaron Copland worked on Appalachian Spring and Leonard Bernstein worked on his famous Mass). It was premiered by the WJO at Irvington Town Hall.
This 3-movement composition charts the course of the Hudson River, beginning with “Tear of the Clouds,” it’s source in the Adirondacks, and ending with “Harlem,” its terminus in Manhattan. The movement titles are as follows:
- “Tear of the Clouds“
"Jumble" was commissioned by the US Army Jazz Knights, and is named for a lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Fusing musical genres, it is a synthesis of Brazilian maracatu and 70’s fusion.
Caminhos Cruzados (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
Written as a feature for trumpeter Marvin Stamm, this arrangement of a lesser known Jobim gem was commissioned by the Westchester Jazz Orchestra. Selected from Mike’s extensive library of arrangements, the piece highlights his unique skills as an arranger.
More info at ZOHO Music:
Mike Holober - all tracks, Conductor, Leader, Piano/Fender Rhodes
Billy Drewes - alto, soprano, flute on Flow
Jon Gordon - alto, soprano on Hiding Out, Jumble
Dave Pietro - alto, soprano, flute, piccolo on Hiding Out, Jumble, Caminhos Cruzados
Ben Kono - alto, soprano, flute, clarinet, piccolo, penny whistle on Flow, Caminhos Cruzados
Adam Kolker - tenor, flute, alto flute, clarinet – all tracks
Jason Rigby - tenor, flute, clarinet on Flow
Charles Pillow - tenor, flute, clarinet, alto flute on Hiding Out, Jumble
Steve Kenyon - baritone, bass clarinet on Hiding Out, Jumble
Carl Maraghi - baritone, bass clarinet on Flow, Caminhos Cruzados
Tony Kadleck - all tracks
Liesl Whitaker - all tracks
Scott Wendholt - all tracks
James de LaGarza - on Tear of the Clouds, Harlem, Jumble
Marvin Stamm - on Hiding Out, Opalescence, Caminhos Cruzados
Tim Albright - all tracks
Mark Patterson - on Flow, Jumble, Caminhos Cruzados
Alan Ferber - on Flow, Jumble, Caminhos Cruzados
Bruce Eidem - on Hiding Out
Pete McGuinness - on Flow
Nathan Durham - bass trombone on all tracks
Steve Cardenas - on Hiding Out
Jesse Lewis - on Jumble, Caminhos Cruzados
Jay Azzolina - on Flow
John Hebert - all tracks
Mark Ferber - on Hiding Out, Caminhos Cruzados
Jared Schonig - on Flow, Jumble
Rogerio Boccato - on Hiding Out, Jumble, Caminhos Cruzados
Recorded: Dec 17 -20, 2017
at Oktaven Studios, Mt Vernon, NY.
Produced by: Kabir Sehgal and Mike Holober.
Recording engineer: James Farber.
Assistant recording engineer: Ryan Streber.
Mixed by: Brian Montgomery, Mike Holober, and Chris Zuar.
Mastering by: Mark Wilder, Battery Studios, New York, N.Y. on Feb 21, 2019.
Associate producer and assistant conductor: Chris Zuar.
Assistant session producer: Migiwa Miyajima.
Production assistant: Yuto Mitomi.
Mike Holober photo by: Melanie Futorian.
Cover photo by: Bibek Singh.
Art direction and package design: Jack Frisch.
Executive Producer: Joachim “Jochen” Becker.
“Hiding Out is an adventurous, risk-taking, thoroughly well-crafted production that showcases the virtuosity of jazz composer, band leader and pianist Mike Holober. Joining him on this 2 CD-set is his New York based Gotham Jazz Orchestra, in three brilliant, large-scaled, and original big band compositions, and his arrangement of a classic A.C. Jobim tune”
“The album "Hiding Out" contains many moments of beauty, of melodies that sing and harmonies that ring, with solos that have power and grace. Give this music the time it deserves to enter your mind (and heart) – its rewards are plentiful. Mike Holober & The Gotham Jazz Orchestra have made one splendid musical adventure!”
“The stream of sounds that emerge from this taut machine pulse and probe like a unified aqueous body in motion. Holober guides his group with precision, but like an impressionistic painter, he allows for the band to have its own organic aspiration, its own distinct vitality.”