Bill Holman, whose on-again-off-again orchestra had a chance to display itself Monday evening at Catalina, is a master of the art of contradictions.
A Holman composition can make dissonance seem consonant, chaos sound logical. When arranging works by others, an insignificant tune ("Moon of Manakoora") becomes significant, pop-pap becomes classy jazz.
A commanding orchestrator whose work has embellished the bands of Kenton, Herman and others long gone, Holman is fortunate that he can now call on his own pool of first-rate Southland musicians. The teamwork is so admirable, you'd think these men worked together consistently instead of about once a month.
Most of the veterans are soloists. He has the perennially extroverted Bob Cooper on tenor sax, the lyrical Steve Huffsteter on trumpet, the distinctive Bob Enevoldsen on valve trombone.