Jim Holton has performed extensively in the Delaware Valley, New York and New Jersey with several groups including the critically acclaimed Rhythm and Brass and the Joe Sudler Swing Machine, which backed artists such as Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton and Al Grey. The musicians he has worked with over the years include bassists Tyrone Brown, Mike Boone, Lee Smith and Charles Fambrough; drummers Byron Landham, Mickey Roker, Billy James, Dave Gibson and Cornell Rochester; horn players John Swana, Bob Howell, Bootsy Barnes and Larry McKenna.
Among Jim's recordings are Mike Boone's Better Late Than Never, Tyrone Brown's The Magic Within and Bass Works, Barry Sames' Celebration and a sound track for a documentary film Strokes of Genius that was composed by Dr. Maurice Wright and was nominated for a Grammy. He has been featured, including live with Bob Perkins, many times on WRTI. Jim released the CD
No Green Bananas, a retrospective in October of '08. The CD was favorably reviewed by,among others, the Philadelphia Inquirer and All About Jazz. In addition to performing, he teaches cello and piano, and is one of the ministers of music at Saint Johns Lutheran Church in Ambler.
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Holton has backed many Philadelphia musicians and is well-known in the city's jazz community. No Green Bananas is his first release dedicated to original material and, consequently, may be difficult to define stylistically but, without a doubt, clearly demonstrates Holton's multifaceted talent.
- All About Jazz.com
On his debut recording, pianist Jim Holton creates a contemporary sound that doesn't pander. The set, produced by the session's bassist, Mike Boone, is a suave swing through Holton's original compositions in a variety of settings.
Prayer for Healing, written with bassist Tyrone Brown, is a Latin-tinged beauty, while the title track features some elegant blowing from tenor saxophonist Jon Thompson, trombonist Joe McDonough, and trumpeter John Swana.
The session('s) sophisticated sounds elicit pleasure.
- Philadelphia Inquirer