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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 was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.