75

Marvin "Doc" Holladay: Sweetness and Light

Jack Bowers By

Sign in to view read count
Marvin "Doc" Holladay: Sweetness and Light Picture in your mind's eye Gerry without Chet but with a dash more rhythm. Got it? Okay, that's not precisely what we have here (Holladay's temperament and purpose are quite unlike Mulligan's, for one thing) but the over-all feeling prevails. This is a pianoless quartet with conguero Ozzie Orengo sitting in for Chet on Sonny Rollins' lively samba, "St. Thomas," and Holladay playing baritone, bass clarinet ("Pas de Deux"), ashanti flute ("St. Thomas") and Ewe double bell. "Pas de Deux" and "Echoes" are adventurous spur-of-the-moment improvisations, the first pairing Holladay's bass clarinet with Wadopian's arco bass, the second involving the group as a whole with Holladay on baritone. The leader's name appears as composer on two of the tunes, the slow blues "Maqam" and the ballad "Sweetness and Light" - whose soft melody, although credited to Holladay, is almost note-for-note identical to "Before I Gaze at You" from Lerner and Loewe's Broadway smash, Camelot. As befits one who played with Mercer Ellington's orchestra, Holladay's baritone has a Carney-esque aspect, especially evident on "Maqam" and Duke's "Drop Me Off in Harlem." Completing the program are the standards "Makin' Whoopee" (played slowly to underscore its sensual nature) and "You Don't Know What Love Is," on both of which Holladay's deep baritone is featured. Tempos, except for "St. Thomas," are slow to medium, with meticulous improvisations by all hands and steadfast support from the rhythm section, especially the intrepid Wadopian. An impressive release by an old hand and former teacher who still has much to say to the younger generation.

Track Listing:

Making Whoopee; St. Thomas; Pas de Deux; Maqam; Drop Me Off in Harlem; You Don't Know What Love Is; Echoes; Sweetness and Light (53:52).

Personnel:

Marvin "Doc" Holladay, baritone sax, bass clarinet, atenteben (Ashanti flute), gonkoqui (Ewe double bell); Eliot Wadopian, bass; Byron Hedgepeth, drums; Ozzie Orengo, congas.

Title: Sweetness and Light | Year Released: 1998 | Record Label: CAP


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read I Believe In You CD/LP/Track Review I Believe In You
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Morning Sun CD/LP/Track Review Morning Sun
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 18, 2017
Read The Conscience CD/LP/Track Review The Conscience
by John Sharpe
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Harlem CD/LP/Track Review Harlem
by James Nadal
Published: August 18, 2017
Read Open Book CD/LP/Track Review Open Book
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: August 17, 2017
Read Stolen Moments CD/LP/Track Review Stolen Moments
by Jack Bowers
Published: August 17, 2017
Read "Two Calls" CD/LP/Track Review Two Calls
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 5, 2017
Read "Grace" CD/LP/Track Review Grace
by James Nadal
Published: August 5, 2017
Read "Rumi Songs" CD/LP/Track Review Rumi Songs
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 4, 2016
Read "Until Your Throat Is Dry" CD/LP/Track Review Until Your Throat Is Dry
by John Sharpe
Published: September 29, 2016
Read "Layers" CD/LP/Track Review Layers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 1, 2016
Read "Sunflower / Goodbye" CD/LP/Track Review Sunflower / Goodbye
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 28, 2016

Sponsor: JANA PROJECT | LEARN MORE  

Support our sponsor

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.