Take No Prisoners! Holmquist goes all out with this album of original works. A sharp clean big band with featured soloists Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Dick Oatts (a/s sax). Wonderful-to-listen-to rhythmic flows, from the boisterous “Quick Ride…” to the plaintive “Ballade” to the ultimately joyous “Stevie R.” Underlying all is a powerful energy. Thoughtful, enjoyable listening.
Randy Brecker, Dick Oatts, Latvian Radio Big Band – Big Band Minimalism: Works of Mats Holmquist [Mama Records]