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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 images of vacation spots and exotic adventure.
With “Groove DeVille,” Hollihan pops off with a sparkling electric guitar vamp to take the chill off the morning. Several others highlight his acoustic guitar in sensuous overtones. “It Came from Brazil” proves light and gay. The multi-instrumentalist’s samba-esque parade takes you on a tour of the gentler side of vacationing.
”Solitude,” “Café Blue,” and “Angel Noir” feature Hollihan’s moody electric guitar and piano in several captivating arrangements. They’re pure ballads that allow much room for the artist to express from within. The concept of a one-man band usually leaves comical thoughts of two hands and two feet working four different instruments while the mouth is operating yet another. Thanks to multi-tracking, James Hollihan’s program is far from comical. His smooth and delicate creations give the listener a peaceful setting around which one can gather with friends to enjoy Sunday morning and every other leisurely time of the week.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.