Don't Let Go

SSC1652 2022-04-15

Track List

Breathe Deep - 2:10
Morning Hope - 9:19
Four-Letter Words - 9:10
Kiss The Ground - 5:32
Burnin’ Daylight - 7:10
A Summer Midnight’S Dream - 4:55
Necessary - 6:54
I Wonder - 6:28
You’re a Long Way From Home - 5:52
You Never Know - 5:59
Smile Slow - 2:36
Letting Go - 8:11
Touch The Sky - 9:02
Don’t Let Go - 4:38


Mike Holober - composer, piano
Jamile - voice
Marvin Stamm - trumpet - fluegelhorn
Dick Oatts - alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute
Jason Rigby - tenor saxophone , clarinet
Mike Patterson - trombone
Mike McGuirk - bass
Dennis Mackrel - drums

DON'T LET GO is a Chamber Music America new jazz works commission (funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation). Structured as a song-cycle, it explores the nuances and complexities of “hope” in the context of current social, political, and environmental realities. // Balancing Act Is an appropriate name for a Holober-led band; in many ways, Holober’s management of his many musical inspirations is a balancing act. On one hand, much of what he’s best known for is his work with larger ensembles like the WDR Big Band, the HR Big Band, and the Gotham Jazz Orchestra, whose latest work with Holober at the helm, Hiding Out, earned a 2020 GRAMMY® nomination. On the other, there’s the magnetism of even greater self-actualization, of writing for and leading a smaller group.