Bob Holz – Holz-Stathis: Collaborative - MVD Audio

Bob Holz releases Holz-Stathis: Collaborative, a definitive jazz fusion recording featuring the giants of jazz. On Bob’s sixth album for MVD Audio we hear the evolution of one of jazz’s most prolific artists in the last ten years. Blending jazz, funk, Latin, pop and classical, Holz-Stathis: Collaborative takes the listener on an epic journey. A journey which encompasses Bob’s evolving career beginning with albums with the late Larry Coryell, Stanley Clarke and Mike Stern and now culminating with a 2023 release that’s sure to garner widespread attention. The new album features the first recording in decades utilizing the talents of Mahavishnu Orchestra alumni John McLaughlin, Jean Luc Ponty and Ralphe Armstrong. Holz’s musical expression of the pain incurred by the world during the pandemic is brought to forefront on World Turned Upside Down. Contrasting is Make Me Smile, a tune originally recorded by Chicago. Here Holz utilizes the vocal talents of Elliot Yamin (American Idol) and Rolling Stones bassist Darryl Jones to deliver a refreshingly modern rendition of the classic Chicago track. Personnel: John McLaughlin, Jean Luc Ponty, Darryl Jones, Randy Brecker, Elliott Yamin, Alex Acuna, Airto Moreira, Brandon Fields, Ralphe Armstrong, Billy Steinway, Dean Brown, Ric Fierabracci, Jamie Glaser, Ada Rovatti, Karen Briggs, Diana Moreira Purim, Ben Shepherd and Frank Stepanek.