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**Songs I Like a Lot_CD Cover


Dear friends and lovers: The time is now. John Hollenbeck’s latest record, _Songs I Like A Lot_, has at last been released into the wild. John’s latest mad creation contains covers of songs by everyone from Ornette Coleman to Imogen Heap, and costars Theo Bleckmann, Kate McGarry, Gary Versace, and The Frankfurt Radio Big Band, all stewing and steeping together as they chase down new angles on old favorites. You can buy it as a compact disc via BANDCAMP or as a very compact indeed digital-only download via iTUNES. The choice, power, and delight, are all yours!

Still reading, yet somehow still undecided? Luckily a few kind fellows have taken it upon themselves to vet the record on your behalf.

Cliff Belamy at the Herald Sun has already pre-Liked It Alot, as did Dan Deluca of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, who remarked that it was “another display of his great work with a large ensemble.” Meanwhile Jeff Simon at the Buffalo News unabashedly Loves It Alot; his review calls it, “quite simply, the most beautiful jazz disc I have heard in months.” He also deigns to call John a “percussionist and brilliant, wildly eclectic jazz composer and orchestra leader,” the last part of which conjured delightful images of John in white tie, tails and kid gloves, mugging like Bernstein and flailing drumstick-batons in arrhythmic time. For a true Extended Analysis you can read this article from John Kelman at AllAboutJazz, praising John’s “unerring ability to find good music in any corner, nook or cranny, turning it into something personal without ever losing what made it so good in the first place.”

The day is here, the time has come; the record can, nay, SHOULD be yours. Get down with Jimmy Webb like you’ve never got down with him before. Revisit the land of Pop with some drastically revisited Queen. Join the chorus of love and generally just have a ball. SONGS I LIKE A LOT awaits your ears eagerly.


With album in hand and appetite once again re-whet, you will inevitably wonder when next you can see the man himself. Well, wonder no more, and peep the following dates on the horizon:

Friday, February 1st at 8:00 PM
at Petit Faucheux in Tours, France
with JASS — Alban Darche, Samuel Blaser, Sebastien Boisseau and John Hollenbeck
Saturday, February 2nd at 7:30pm
Orchestre National de Jazz performing the program “Shut Up and Dance”
at the WDR 3 JazzFest in Cologne, Germany
WDR Funkhaus, Klaus-von-Bismarck-Saal
Details ici 
Sunday, February 3rd at 8pm
at “Kulturzentrum Dieselstrasse,” Esslingen, Germany
It’s time for Junk Box, feat.
Natsuki Tamura on trumpet,
Satoko Fujii at the piano, and 
John Hollenbeck on the hide-n’-metal beat bins
Details here 
Thursday, February 14th at 7:30pm
at the GRAND THÉÂTRE in Lorient, France
ONJ is back performing SUAD

On a more extracurricular note, John joins old friends uptown in New York; to wit—

Mar 2, 2013, 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
Columbia University, Miller Theatre in New York City
Fred Hersch‘s My Coma Dreams
…looking a bit further down the road, we see John, KateTheo, and JHLE Take Ohio to perform SONGS I LIKE A LOT live! 

Wednesday, April 3rd
Oberlin College


Thursday, April 4th 

at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University!


Last week Meredith Monk’s ecstatic new musical-theatre work, “On Behalf of Nature,” had its premiere at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA, and it looks deeply, entrancingly rad. Get thee to this glowing and enrapt review by Mark Swed of the LA Times, which, as a bonus, features a rare FULL BODY PHOTO of John mid-sway with his fellow Monk-ites. The verdict: “Mature and magnificent Monk.” We in the East and elsewhere await her new cuckoo eagerly.