All Can Work

john hollenbeck large ensemble

2018, New Amsterdam Records

All Can Work

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

Ben Kono soprano/alto/tenor sax, flute
Jeremy Viner clarinet, tenor sax
Tony Malaby tenor/soprano sax on 3, 6
Dan Willis tenor sax, clarinet
Anna Webber flute, tenor sax on 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8
Bohdan Hilash clar/bass clarinet, bass sax, tubax
Mark Patterson trombone
Mike Christianson trombone
Jacob Garchik trombone, euphonium on 8
Alan Ferber trombone on 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Jeff Nelson trombone on 1, 7, 8
Tony Kadleck trumpet, flugelhorn
Jon Owens trumpet, flugelhorn
Dave Ballou trumpet, flugelhorn
Matt Holman trumpet, flugelhorn
Chris Tordini acoustic, electric bass
Matt Mitchell piano, organ, keyboard
Patricia Brennan vibes, marimba, glockenspiel
John Hollenbeck drums, composition
Theo Bleckmann voice
JC Sanford conductor

More INFO at New Amsterdam Records

This project was supported in part by the Doris Duke Performing Artists Award and fiscally sponsored by Arete Living Arts Foundation with funding provided by The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

All Can Work
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    All Can Work
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    this kiss
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    from trees
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    Long Swing Dream
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    The Model

” John Hollenbeck’s All Can Work is an album of awe-inspiring majesty…Hollenbeck delivers layer after layer for listeners to explore. Shimmering horns, beautifully placed punctuations and little sonic surprises abound. It’s wonderfully complex music played beautifully, with precision and abandon, by a band that has spent a good deal of time together.”
— Frank Alkyer, Downbeat Magazine


“Mr. Hollenbeck, an idiosyncratic drummer and sonic architect, likes to let sounds float around and connect at various angles, misplacing and de-ordering things. In the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble, the variety of textures involved is plainly remarkable. So is the range of emotional registers: His music can be dirge-like, ludic, abstracted — sometimes multiple things at once. Those are among the big joys of “All Can Work,” an arresting new album from the ensemble.”
— Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times


“Unique beauty is very much in evidence on Hollenbeck’s third Large Ensemble recording…Hollenbeck does his most outstanding work when he’s playing with big ideas. On “From Trees,” where he translates three early Piet Mondrian studies into three musical sections, the striking composition brings across the moods, colors and lines of each distinct work of art.”
— Michelle Mercer, DownBeat