Scott Earl Holman Trio
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I wrote this song around 1997 for a different project. When we decided to record I thought this might be a good open sounding format to give us some room. This cut is actually the first take, and also the first time we ever played together. Larry And Paul owned this tune from the first note.

Solo Piano
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Our recording session was to begin at 9:30 pm. But from around 7pm to 8pm I recorded solo piano streams ( spontaneous compositions ). I did 20 of them and picked my 3 favorites.

Scott Earl Holman Trio
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I wrote this song around 1999. It is a ballad /bossa and I incorporated some displacement in the melody to make it feel as though there are some 2 beat measures , but in fact, all measures are 4 beats.

Solo Piano
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Our recording session was to begin at 9:30 pm. But from around 7pm to 8pm I recorded solo piano streams ( spontaneous compositions ). I did 20 of them and picked my 3 favorites.

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Intro (bass and drums)

James was actually recorded as one whole take. But I separated the bass drum beginning from the body of the trio because of airplay concerns. This was the 3rd of 3 takes.

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The underlying beat for this song is 2nd line ( a New Orleans rythm ) However it is only a vague template for the wonderful feel that Paul laid on it. James was recorded in one piece but I separated the bass/drum beginning from the trio part because of airplay concerns. I wrote this song in honor of my son around 2001.

Solo Piano
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Our recording session was to begin at 9:30 pm. But from around 7pm to 8pm I recorded solo piano streams ( spontaneous compositions ). I did 20 of them and picked my 3 favorites.

Solo Piano
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I was running a different jazz program by the time we finished recording 'Dont Wake the Kids'. It was at a club called the Chicago Blue note ( which later became Beale Street Blues Cafe), where my trio opened for Maynard Ferguson, G.E. Smith from Saturday night Live, Maria Muldere, and tons of famous blues greats. I already knew that I wanted the cd to be largely solo piano as well as trio, so I wrote 'The Thought'. The night before I recorded this song, our special guest for the evening was the great Ira Sullivan and after the gig I hung out very late with the guys. It's always an honor to play with Ira, but the hang later is almost as much fun. And although Ira is young at heart, he's been there since Charlie Parker and you're hangin with history. So when recording time came the next day, I was concerned that I might not live up to the task at hand because I was so sleepy. However, I was quite pleased with the results. So much so, that if I remember correctly, I only did one take and this is it. The beginning of this cut is stream of conciousness. In fact , the intro piano cuts that I did were also done that day with equal acceptability. Those intro cuts , by the way, are all stream of conciousness, nothing planned, and out of four takes I used my two favorites. I remember being very much in touch with the great Southport Studio piano that day. There was a wonderful peaceful feeling in the air and I felt that the piano was playing itself. In the photo section of this website is a photo of Ira and me at a resturaunt on a hang after a different gig.(photo by Bill Klewitz)

from cd 'Live @ Delaney & Murphy's'recorded January 5, 2005 released 2007
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(recorded 2005 released 2007)

From the cd -- 'LIVE @ DELANEY & MURPHY"S' --- This is the result of a intimate regular jazz gig at 'Delaney & Murphy's' in Chicago ( Larry Gray on bass and Robert Shy drums).The program revolved around a set band that featured new and different guests each week. And although not on this recording, I was using Adam Kraus on bass, who is a fine young and talented bassist in Chicago whom I hope you will hear more about in years to come. Robert Shy, famed chicago drummer and my friend, is on this recording and was our regular drummer. Also,not on this recording, we had a fine horn man in Dave Hibbard . The plan was to do a trio recording in January and then few weeks later do a recording that featured some of our other musician friends, including Adam and Dave. However , a week after we recorded this cd, I got news that the hotel was to be sold in March. So the plans of mice and men thing... The setting for this recording was not ideal. The piano was rough and the layout of the room was awkward . What you might conclude... a typical jazz gig. However, therein lies much of the charm in playing these events.....go figure. I wanted to promote the room, but I didn't want to spend alot of money doing it. So, as you can hear, this is not studio quality sound. My friend Barry Winograd (DJ extraordinair WDCB 90.9 --10am till 2pm monday thru Fridy) was kind enough to run sound for us, and did a fine job , especially considering he saw the recording equipment for the first time 20 minutes before downbeat. However, the recording does seem to document my Chicago experience. The ambience of the stereotypical smokey jazz club. Ironically , shortly after we recorded this cd, the hotel was sold and a waterpark replaced the club as an attraction. Nevertheless, what to do with the recording ? And this is the reason that it was recorded in 2005 , but not released until 2007. It's not the best I ever played and it's not the worst. It's a nice memory , for those of us who were there, and if you're not from Chicago you can get an idea of what we do here. Everybody in the audience is listed in the insert of the CD. On January 5, 2005 our special guest was Larry Gray , a very well known and accomplished bassist from the chicago area. Larry has played with everybody and is very active nationally. Robert Shy, our regular drummer has also played with everybody and actually the two of them have musical history together. I believe this was the first night I ever played jazz with Larry. I remember doing a cocktail party with him about 1992, but that was the last time we were on stage together. I say this to bring to light what a fine bassist he is , as you can hear him adjust constantly to my ideas. We went on stage with no playlist or music and had some fun with the record button on. Hope you like it.

from the cd 'Dont Wake the Kids' recorded 1997 re-released Crumblehead Records 2007
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This song reflects my love for displacement. It has been enigmatic for many a listener. The song is in 3/4 time but the melody is displaced going into the B section and doesn't resolve for the listener until the C section. Check out Rusty's mallet intro. Too cool.

from cd 'Live @ Delaney & Murphy's'recorded January 5, 2005 released 2007
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(recorded 2005 released 2007)

From the cd -- 'LIVE @ DELANEY & MURPHY"S' --- This is the result of a intimate regular jazz gig at 'Delaney & Murphy's' in Chicago. The program revolved around a set band that featured new and different guests each week. And although not on this recording, I was using Adam Kraus on bass, who is a fine young and talented bassist in Chicago whom I hope you will hear more about in years to come. Robert Shy, famed chicago drummer and my friend, is on this recording and was our regular drummer. Also,not on this recording, we had a fine horn man in Dave Hibbard . The plan was to do a trio recording in January and then few weeks later do a recording that featured some of our other musician friends, including Adam and Dave. However , a week after we recorded this cd, I got news that the hotel was to be sold in March. So the plans of mice and men thing... The setting for this recording was not ideal. The piano was rough and the layout of the room was awkward . What you might conclude... a typical jazz gig. However, therein lies much of the charm in playing these events.....go figure. I wanted to promote the room, but I didn't want to spend alot of money doing it. So, as you can hear, this is not studio quality sound. My friend Barry Winograd (DJ extraordinair WDCB 90.9 --10am till 2pm monday thru Fridy) was kind enough to run sound for us, and did a fine job , especially considering he saw the recording equipment for the first time 20 minutes before downbeat. However, the recording does seem to document my Chicago experience. The ambience of the stereotypical smokey jazz club. Ironically , shortly after we recorded this cd, the hotel was sold and a waterpark replaced the club as an attraction. Nevertheless, what to do with the recording ? And this is the reason that it was recorded in 2005 , but not released until 2007. It's not the best I ever played and it's not the worst. It's a nice memory , for those of us who were there, and if you're not from Chicago you can get an idea of what we do here. Everybody in the audience is listed in the insert of the CD. On January 5, 2005 our special guest was Larry Gray , a very well known and accomplished bassist from the chicago area. Larry has played with everybody and is very active nationally. Robert Shy, our regular drummer has also played with everybody and actually the two of them have musical history together. I believe this was the first night I ever played jazz with Larry. I remember doing a cocktail party with him about 1992, but that was the last time we were on stage together. I say this to bring to light what a fine bassist he is , as you can hear him adjust constantly to my ideas. We went on stage with no playlist or music and had some fun with the record button on. Hope you like it.

from cd 'Live @ Delaney & Murphy's'clip
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(recorded 2005 released 2007)

We were coming to the end of a set and someone yelled out from the audience "Take 5" , so I said we'd play it next set and this is it.

from the cd 'Dont Wake the Kids' recorded 1997 re-released Crumblehead Records 2007
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I was running a jazz program in Chicago and had the good fortune to play fairly regularly with alto saxophonist Richie Cole, who was a frequent guest of the club. He was planning to do a new cd and suggested that I write some tunes for it. So I wrote 2 songs with his sound in mind . 'Noble One' , and 'The Face of God'. Both of these songs became critical to the success of 'Don't Wake the Kids' but they never made his cd. I believe the reasons were that by the time I finished writng the tunes he had a firm grip on what he wanted to accomplish on his cd. Anyhow, my trio played behind a different guest each nite of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rusty Jones was the drummer for all three nights. The great bassist Pawel Jarzebski was our thursday night bassman. Fridays was chicago bassist Brian Sandstrom, and Saturday nite we had Dan Shapera. Although, all of the above bassists brought something wonderful to the table, there was a very unique sound when Pawel , Rusty and I played together. It so happened that we were the first to play these tunes that I wrote for Richie, so I began to write the rest of the material around our trio for the recording. And the rest is history. Rusty, who is a chicago legend , plays some of the finest brushes on this cd that you will hear anywhere. And Pawel is a without a doubt singular in his approach to a bass and his ability to play melodically no matter how outside you would like to get. Everyone in the trio has a special voice and makes an important contribution to the cd. Both Pawel and Rusty have a special ability to bring out the essence of these extremely difficult compositions to make them sound accessable. It was alot of fun to play with them. Hope you enjoy it.

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(recorded 2005 released 2007)

From the cd -- 'LIVE @ DELANEY & MURPHY"S' --- This is the result of a intimate regular jazz gig at 'Delaney & Murphy's' in Chicago. The program revolved around a set band that featured new and different guests each week. And although not on this recording, I was using Adam Kraus on bass, who is a fine young and talented bassist in Chicago whom I hope you will hear more about in years to come. Robert Shy, famed chicago drummer and my friend, is on this recording and was our regular drummer. Also,not on this recording, we had a fine horn man in Dave Hibbard . The plan was to do a trio recording in January and then few weeks later do a recording that featured some of our other musician friends, including Adam and Dave. However , a week after we recorded this cd, I got news that the hotel was to be sold in March. So the plans of mice and men thing... The setting for this recording was not ideal. The piano was rough and the layout of the room was awkward . What you might conclude... a typical jazz gig. However, therein lies much of the charm in playing these events.....go figure. I wanted to promote the room, but I didn't want to spend alot of money doing it. So, as you can hear, this is not studio quality sound. My friend Barry Winograd (DJ extraordinair WDCB 90.9 --10am till 2pm monday thru Fridy) was kind enough to run sound for us, and did a fine job , especially considering he saw the recording equipment for the first time 20 minutes before downbeat. However, the recording does seem to document my Chicago experience. The ambience of the stereotypical smokey jazz club. Ironically , shortly after we recorded this cd, the hotel was sold and a waterpark replaced the club as an attraction. Nevertheless, what to do with the recording ? And this is the reason that it was recorded in 2005 , but not released until 2007. It's not the best I ever played and it's not the worst. It's a nice memory , for those of us who were there, and if you're not from Chicago you can get an idea of what we do here. Everybody in the audience is listed in the insert of the CD. On January 5, 2005 our special guest was Larry Gray , a very well known and accomplished bassist from the chicago area. Larry has played with everybody and is very active nationally. Robert Shy, our regular drummer has also played with everybody and actually the two of them have musical history together. I believe this was the first night I ever played jazz with Larry. I remember doing a cocktail party with him about 1992, but that was the last time we were on stage together. I say this to bring to light what a fine bassist he is , as you can hear him adjust constantly to my ideas. We went on stage with no playlist or music and had some fun with the record button on. Hope you like it.

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