Live at 'Delaney & Murphy's'
'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. THE FOLLOWING ARE LIVE PERFORMANCE REVIEWS OF THE SCOTT EARL HOLMAN TRIO -- ... HOWARD REICH (CHICAGO TRIBUNE) 'With a house rythm section comprising pianist Scott Earl Holman,drummer Rusty Jones, bassist Brian Sandstrom, it's 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)..no doubt inspired by Holmans' deeply melodic pianism, Jones' genteel brushwork, and Sandstroms'penchant for unexpected chord changes.' ... HOWARD REICH (CHICAGO TRIBUNE ) '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 ) '...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.'