Scott Earl Holman | Live @ 'Delaney & Murphy's'

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Live @ 'Delaney & Murphy's'

by Scott Earl Holman

Live in Chicago; Progressive jazz, extended piano, bass, drum solos.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro (0:23)
0:24 album only
2. Nardis (8:17)
8:17 album only
3. Polkadots and Moonbeams (10:36)
10:36 album only
4. Take 5 (7:56)
7:55 album only
5. East of the Sun (7:17)
7:17 album only
6. Misty (8:39)
8:38 album only
7. Emily (8:28)
8:28 album only


Album Notes
'Live at Delaney and Murphy's' January 12, 2005.
(Released Jan. 1, 2007)

The explosive sound of live jazz in an after hours small chicago jazz club. Very dark lighting, candle lit tables,smoke in the air, and the sound of drinks being served add to the charm. Sit back and imagine you are there.

The Scott Earl Holman trio will take you through an intense aural experience, showcasing Holman's ability to burn. Even the ballads burn.

Larry Gray's (bass) inspired harmonic/melodic motion couples beautifully with Robert Shy's (drums) provocative displacement and drive. The band's momentum booms under Holman's leadership and vision. The result is a bold CD documenting a great moment in Chicago's jazz.


... HOWARD REICH (CHICAGO TRIBUNE) "With a house rythm section comprising pianist Scott Earl Holman,drummer Rusty Jones, bassist Brian Sandstrom, its not difficult to understand why listeners have been turning out. Each is a first rate player in his own right: together , they swing effortlessly, accompanying a different guest each week."

... HOWARD REICH (CHICAGO TRIBUNE) doubt inspired by Holmans' deeply melodic pianism, Jones' genteel brushwork , and Sandstroms'penchant for unexpected chord changes."

"With Scott Holman improvising rhapsodically on the piano, Rusty Jones inventing fascinating counter rythms on the drums and Nick Tountas providing a warm yet firm foundation on bass this quartet acquitted itself handsomely."

... DENNIS POLKOW (CHICAGO TRIBUNE ) " trio of veteran Chicago talent that would be the envy of any jazz club in the country. ....Holman's solid piano techinique served as the glue that masterfully held the various elements together. The trio opened the evening with an impressive set of it's own that gave a more prominent role to Holman, who was spotlighted in a latin romp rendition of Chick Corea's "Steps" and an exquisitely rendered version of "Emily",a la Bill Evans."



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Very Satisfying!
This disk really is just like 'being there.' The combination of heart and musicianship is just delightful. The song selection is very good - lots of swingin' going on, and including fan favorite "Misty" made the disk swing even more. Live jazz - very satisfying!

Steven Lawson

Strap On Whenver It Seems Advisable
Scott Holman is not just a Chicago treasure, not just a jazz treasure, he and his colleagues Gray and Shy are what you find at the end of the music rainbow. A sensational live disk. I hate it when music like this is pigeonholed as "traditional" jazz, as though only guys who sleep with their old George Shearing/Shelley Manne/Ray Brown vinyl will find it of interest. Listen to the sinister spin they give to "Take Five." Thought you enough versions of "Polkadots and Moonbeams"? This one will make you cry. Miles Davis might have gotten clean if he knew "Nardis" would get this kind of treatment. The ensemble playing: Virtuosity without any of the look-at-me showiness that can mar a trio with three such distinctive voices. A final note on the mix: Beautiful separation between the instruments -- Holman and Gray never get in the way of one another's melodicism. And Shy is always right there -- just right there -- where you want him. This is vital music that you have to grab when you have a chance.


The quality is unbelievable, everything perfect!


Great way to warm up on a cold winter night
I heard the music originally just the way jazz should be heard -- in a dark, smokey bar, with glasses clinking in the background, accompanied by good friends, and a fine bottle of wine. The CD brings me back.

John Book, Music For America

Brilliance of a higher level
Live At Delaney & Murphy's (Crumblehead) was recorded two years ago and makes a fine release two years later. It features Holman on piano, plus Larry Gray on bass and Robert Shy, and is an intimate recording of the trio, so intimate that at times you hear more of the crowd than the actual movie. Is it bootleg quality? Not really, or in this case it's not rough. Everything is mic'd fairly well so you get to hear them play some pretty intense material, such as Miles Davis' "Nardis", Johnny Mandel's "Emily", and the Paul Desmond composition "Take Five", as made famous by Dave Brubeck. It's intimate because you do feel as if you're right in the club, concentrating on the music and everyone else is talking to each other or grabbing for drinks at the bar. I would have preferred something that reduced the audience at least a bit, but the great thing about it is that you do get to hear what goes on in the room. Gray has a way of playing the bass that just makes the room feel a lot bigger, and of coruse when Holman plays the piano, it's just brilliance of a higher level. These guys are just on the money throughout the performance, and the crowd knows this by applauding accordingly.