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We’re excited to present the Delmark debut of young jazz piano phenom, Jim Holman. Chicago native Holman, now 23, has been performing in the city's finest jazz clubs since he was 16. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh's jazz studies program under the tutelage of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers alums reedist Nathan Davis & bassist Leon Lee Dorsey, as well as pianist Frank Cunimondo. While at university, Holman has had an array of compositions and arrangements performed by orchestra and varying jazz ensemble sizes, styles ranging from classical, jazz, and third stream to funk, and hip-hop, and post fusion styles. During his brief but impressive jazz career, he has played with outstanding icons such as Mark Whitfield, Claudio Roditi, Donald Harrison, Jimmy Owens, Cecil Bridgewater, Antonio Hart, as well as guitarist John Moulder, alto sax master Richie Cole, & fellow Delmark recording artists, legendary reedist Ira Sullivan, & sax powerhouse Frank Catalano, who contributes 2 originals to EXPLOSION! including the intense title track. Jim has great piano taste with his main influences being his father Scott Earl Holman, Bill Evans, Bud Powell, Horace Silver, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, & Chicago legend Willie Pickens, “…but if you didn't know that Holman was only 23, you could hear this debut album and easily conclude you’d stumbled across a forgotten veteran of self-possessed maturity, wide experience, and sort of locomotive energy that sends a shiver through any bandstand.” – Neil Tesser, Chicago Jazz authority
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