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by Chris M. Slawecki
“I’ve always had a passion for jazz,” allows multi-instrumentalist and producer James Hollihan. “I’ve always loved the music of composers like Henry Mancini, Michel Legrand, Johnny Mandel, and the one and only Juan Garcia Esquivel. It was only a matter of time before all those influences came bubbling up.”
Hollihan is no stranger to a recording studio, having performed with Russ Taff, Phil Keaggy and Amy Grant and produced sessions by Taff, Michelle Shocked and Marshall Chapman. Hollihan ...read more
by Jim Santella
By creating his program a little bit funky and a little bit smooth, James Hollihan has laid down a tasty set of originals that lie in tune with contemporary vibrations.
All music serves a purpose. We find that different needs are fulfilled with every album that finds its way to the store shelves. Hollihan’s session is designed for your leisurely Sunday morning brunch. Strings, keyboards, bass and drums surround his delicate guitar. His lush piano magic paints ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
A citizen of Music City (Nashville), Arkansas-native James Hollihan is quite the musical Renaissance man. On The Funky Misfits he takes all of the credits: composer, arranger, and performer on all instruments. The results are a very smart collection of urbane contemporary jazz a la the Rippingtons, the Crusaders, and Spyro Gyra, except way better behaved. While a good deal of contemporary jazz is at best banal, Mr. Hollihan infuses his music with a good-natured personality, a compositional aptitude for ...read more