Mike Holober & Balancing Act

“Don’t Let Go” is a Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission for Mike Holober & Balancing Act.  This CD-length project is structured as a song-cycle in the tradition of Robert Schumann, Samuel Barber, and Ralph Vaughn-Williams. “Don’t Let Go”explores the nuances and complexities of the concept of “hope” in the context of current social, political, and environmental realities. 

 

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an emotionally persuasive album of six originals and two pop covers”

DownBeat Magazine

Balancing Act speaks to Holober’s creative examination of contrasting elements and ideas. The recording features a newly assembled stellar octet, comprised of vocalist Kate McGarry, saxophonists Jason Rigby and Dick Oatts, trumpeter Marvin Stamm, trombonist Mark Patterson, bassist John Hébert and drummer Brian Blade—all long-time associates of Holober’s who have assisted him with other projects over the years but never have played together as a unit

 

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