Crumblehead Records presents the release of Scott Earl Holman's groundbreaking cd 'Don't Wake The Kids' (origionally issued Southport Records 1998 in local markets) Remastered for a fresh new sound ! ! 'Don't Wake The Kids' (completely re-mastered for this release) is a fresh sound from Chicago and is recieving new attention from those who enjoy artists like Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, etc. It is the subtle and moody answer to Chic Corea's 'Now He Sings Now He Sobs'. It remains a cult favorite for those in the know. Comprised of all origional material that speaks to the future of jazz. 'Noble One', may be the most beautiful jazz ballad composition of this decade. This cd opens with 'The Lord's Cause' which sets the mood and tone of things to come and features a melody ( in 3/4 time) which, at certain points stresses the second beat of the measure for those who enjoy a challenge. While 'Marching In His Band' combines complex harmonies and song structure with gentle snare drum rolls. The musicianship is flawless, inspired and futuristic. Scott Earl Holman is a Chicago jazz musician. This trio with Pawel Jarzebski and Rusty Jones continues to raise the bar for progressive jazz, in a low volume, controlled environment.
Helen Simons _ JazzXpress Community Radio BayFM 99.9 Australia
A small masterpiece waiting to be discovered. Scott Earl Holman touches every key with pure magic. The bass & drums embrace the melody & rhythms with sensitivity and grace. This is one album to be cherished.
Radio One 91 FM New Zealand
Thoughtful and ambitious. A challenging conception, successfully excecuted. A commendable variety of textures and rhythms. A record review, and airplay across several programmes of radio One's Jazz Junction.
CADENCE MAGAZINE by Jerome Wilson
apr - may - june 2008
... nice piano trio record..... pianist Scott Earl Holman restlessly probing melodies..... quiet,
funky elegance , intelligent playing .
JAZZ DIMENSIONS (Germany _ by Carina Prange ) Nov.9,'07
'..... evoking atmospheric change through small shades. Whether it concerns trio pieces or solo piano- excursions like "The Thought", it's always clear: Holman is a master of the small, fine tones. One that delicately interweaves stories knows, what it has to say and yet must never raise the voice. The natural authority makes it speak. This album is an exceptional, subtle work. Carina Prange
(see full review in german below at bottom of page)
All About Jazz Magazine (Oct.2007 Vol.5 No.9)San Fransisco, Los Angeles, Chicago editions
by George Harris
'If your idea of jazz heaven is Chick Corea's 'Now He Sings Now He Sobs' or '60s Herbie Hancock, then Scott Earl Holman will guide you to the pearly gates.'
CHCR Canadian Homegrown Community Radio
by Schroeder (Oct.12,2007)
'Hmm... As a jazz pianist myself, I can appreciate this cd very much. Its originality is out-the-roof. Scott is top-notch and world-class, maybe even in a class by himself.'
RADIO PLURIEL 91.5 ......
Scott Earl Holman bonjour, thank you for such a nice album I really enjoyed. I already added it to my WJAZ broadcast playlist on RADIO PLURIEL 91.5FM in France, plus worldwide INTERNET via our web site, http://www.radiopluriel.fr You can see my last 25/06/07 broadcast playlist on the WJAZ blog also: http://wjaz.musicblog.fr/ Kind regards, Jacques Perrichon for WJAZ.
Radio Judaica , Brussels.......
Some music is good enough to wake the kids... that surely applies to the current album. I am now listening and enjoy/appreciate it very much. Indeed, excellent album! ...
From : Ilan Oz
Date : Jun 24 2007
Subject : Re: Dont Wake the Kids
I am now listening again, for the third time. I find this album OUTSTANDING!
BRTO Radio , Netherlands.......
Fantastic Album. Great stuff for our Radio Station
Radio ARA , Luxembourg ......
Beautiful original melodies are displayed by pianist Scott Earl Holman both in solo or trio. This well inspired musician has created a spiritual atmosphere which is perfectly well rendered in this recording. ...Pascal Dorban 'Jazz.com' programme Radio ARA, Luxembourg
JAZZ INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
'Don't Wake the Kids' By Marshall Vente
Scott Earl Holman is a fine modern jazz pianist, there is hardly a night that passes without his presence somewhere in the Chicago club scene. He is always "out there" playing into the heart of someone. On this ambitious release Scott abandons the club date repertoire and concentrates on all original music, a very courageous move that makes things difficult in the world of commercial jazz airplay but elevates him to the ranks of serious musician that play and compose equally well. To paraphrase Duke, there is no musician more serious than a jazz musician. Scott's compositions are strong and all have something to say—a little story to tell. There is a great subtly here, excellent use of the tools of music: expression, dynamics and most of all, a personal identity. I played this CD for three days continuously to hear the real Scott Holman! Joining Scott is the razor sharp rhythm team of bassist, Pawel Jarzebski and drummer, Rusty Jones. Not only are these guys great players, the trio plays as one. This is modern music, with all hands on deck contributing to the lyricism of the tunes, while covering their traditional roles. As always, the Southport Baldwin concert grand is majestic here, an overall fine recording engineered by Joanie Pallatto. There are fine liner notes too, by Larry Smith. Despite the title, we need to wake the kids ... and everyone else too; it's time to listen to Scott Earl Holman!—MV
LARRY SMITH , FAMED CHICAGO JAZZ DJ(WBEZ 91.5) writes ... Actually, this powerful work of art could be called a tone poem, a jazz mass, or an Ode to God. Pianist-Composer Scott Earl Holman has given us strong, thought provoking, subtle, origional compositions based on the concept of " Don't wake the kids." Performing with dramatic tension of time and space of Ahmad Jamal, coupled with the strength and provocative ideas of Mcoy Tyner and voicings that tend to rival Bill Evans, Holman displays great melodic invention from start to finish. The session begins with the haunting "The Lord's Cause." The next selection features the nimble thump of bass master Pawel Jarzebski. Holman's solo on "the Thought" demonstrates the meticulous performer he is and that his command of the piano forte ranks among the best. "Marching in His Band" is introduced by drum wizard Rusty Jones. His skillful work on the snare drum will surely make you smile. "waiting to See" is an unusual piece. It is a nine-bar composition with a melody stated three times, and allows for no solos. This is followed by an even more unusual piece called " The Smile." It affords bassman Jarzebski a real opportunity to stretch out , to be heard to advantage, or maybe to be discovered.It is a two measure tune. Scott Earl Holman is an insightful artist. He has chosen two brilliant musicians who are sympathetic to his cause in this worthy undertaking. Rusty Jones and Pawel Jarzebski perform with great power and precision and are able to compliment anyone's rhythm section. While you are sitting in your living room enjoying this magnificent work of art, be sure to keep the volume low; that way you not wake the kids. LARRY SMITH All night host of Jazz Forum,WBEZ Chicago,1997
MARTIN BARTELS of the Chicago Tribune "the music is filled with complex structures and poetic dissonances, but never crosses the line into innaccessability.In short it's beautiful, elegant jazz that fits as easily into private moments as it does into the nightclub format."
FRANK YOUNGWORTH of the CHICAGO READER writes"..Holman seems to be after the delicate balance between exploration and restraint that won (Miles) Davis both critical raves and a sizable audience."
AARON COHEN wrote for the CHICAGO TRIBUNE," Pianist Scott (Earl) Holman knows that in jazz an intuitive sense of composition can direct seemingly wondrous moments of spontaneity. Thats evident on his impressive trio disc from last year...."
BOB WEINBERG and BARBARA LESTER in MIAMI (City Link)...using modern-jazz voicings , Holman created interest and tension on these spacious and often lyrical compositions; because of their lowkey nature you listen all the more closely."
LIVE PERFORMANCE REVIEWS OF THE SCOTT EARL HOLMAN TRIO -- The following quotes were written in the Chicago Tribune Art's section.
... HOWARD REICH "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."
.... Then again HOWARD REICH wrote..no doubt inspired by Holmans' deeply melodic pianism, Jones' genteel brushwork , and Sandstroms'penchant for unexpected chord changes."
... Also, HOWARD REICH wrote, "With Scott Earl 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."
... Fellow Tribune critic DENNIS POLKOW wrote "...house 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."
...Scott Earl Holman - "Don't Wake The Kids"
Die Vorstellung, diese Musik würde live und ganz leise irgendwo im Wohnzimmer gespielt, während ein Stockwerk drüber die Kinder schlafen, hat was. Und tatsächlich, hier muss man nicht die Lautstärke am CD-Player unnötig aufdrehen: die Eigenkompositionen des in Chicago lebenden Mannes aus Pittsburgh, PA wirken auch, wenn sie ganz leise erklingen.
Scott Earl Holman - "Don't Wake The Kids"
Denn Pianist und Komponist Scott Earl Holman versteht sich – hier gemeinsam mit dem ausgezeichneten Bassisten Pawel Jarzebski und dem filigran aufspielenden Drummer Rusty Jones – darauf, durch kleine Nuancen atmosphärischen Wandel hervorzurufen. Ob es sich dabei um Triostücke oder Pianosolo-Ausflüge wie "The Thought" handelt, stets ist klar: Holman ist ein Meister der kleinen, feinen Töne. Einer, der zart verwobene Geschichten erzählt, weiß, was er zu sagen hat und doch niemals die Stimme erheben muss. Die natürliche Autorität macht es aus – sozusagen.
Holman lebte knapp zwanzig Jahre in Miami und schrieb für die wöchentliche Children's Show "Arthur and Company" die Musik. Es kommt also ganz und gar nicht von ungefähr, dass "Don't Wake The Kids" mit diesem Coverbild Kinder magisch anziehen dürfte und der Bezug zu den jungen, kleinen Menschen gegeben ist. Dieses Album ist ein herausragendes, feinsinniges Werk.