“Drummer Holz, has surrounded himself with the crème de la crème of smooth jazz nobility including appearances by Larry Coryell, Mike Stern, Randy Brecker and Steve Weingart.”- Dee Dee McNeil / Jazz Journalist.
“Here is a contemporary, smooth-jazz CD that incorporates rhythm and blues, rock and pop in a pleasant, easy listening way.”- Dee Dee McNeil / Jazz Journalist.
“Holz captures a strong groove with sticks flashing and time locked down, cement hard.” Dee Dee McNeil / Jazz Journalist.
“This is fusion played as it was meant to be played…… . Fusaholics, you know who you are and this is what you’ve been waiting for. Smoking hot stuff throughout.” - Chris Spector/ Jazz Critic.
“By blending the extraordinary musicianship of his band and special guests with infectious melodies and grooves, A Vision Forward brings the creative energy of Bob Holz front and center.” Bruce Pilato/ Music Journalist.
“Both Bob Holz and this album are sure to make a lasting mark in the world of popular contemporary jazz.” Bruce Pilato/ Music Journalist.
" Bob Holz is a musical visionary. He fits the mold of a wonderfully different drummer".
" Bob’s polyrhythmic style makes him one of the funkiest drummers on the international jazz scene."
" Bob's new album, Visions and Friends is a masterpiece!"
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jazz fusion composer and drummer Bob Holz will begin recording with bassist Stanley Clarke in September for his next album due out Spring of 2018. "This collaboration with the jazz star and Return to Forever bassist/composer, Stanley Clarke will involve the recording of new compositions I wrote that will take from my roots in jazz, classical, blues and rock music," says Holz. Joining Holz and Clarke will be former Mahavishnu Orchestra bassist Ralphe Armstrong who currently plays in Holz's touring band, Bob Holz and A Vision Forward featuring Jamie Glaser and Ralphe Armstrong. "My compositions have plenty of room for interplay between electric bass and acoustic bass," adds Holz. Bob Holz is presently managed by Roy Holland Productions and is signed to MVD Entertainment Group. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWDKDTfM59Q
"I'm really honored to record with Stanley Clarke as his music has been a strong influence on me," added Holz. Clarke has written the music for over 70 major motion pictures in addition to his successful solo career and long tenure as a member of Return To Forever with Chick Corea, Al Di Meola and Lenny White.
The recording will take place in Los Angeles with famed sound engineer, Dennis Moody recording, mixing and mastering the performances. "Dennis mixed my last album and really knows how to create a world class record," continued Holz. Moody also helped out with mixing Holz's band live last May at Catalina Bar and Grill Jazz Club in Hollywood, California. Stanley Clarke also attended that concert which led to the upcoming recording session for Holz's next album. Additionally, Executive Producer Rob Stathis will once again contribute his production skills to the making of the record. Rob Stathis has been involved with producing Holz's past collaborations with guitarist/composer the late Larry Coryell. "The loss of Larry Coryell last February was really rough. Bob and I want to continue in the tradition which Larry excelled in," says Stathis.
Since the February 2017 release of Holz's second album, Visions and Friends, Holz's touring band, Bob Holz and A Vision Forward featuring Jamie Glaser and Ralphe Armstrong has played numerous live concerts from New York to California. The band features guitar guru Jamie Glaser (Chic Corea,Bryan Adams) and bass virtuoso Ralphe Armstrong(Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra). Los Angeles based keyboardist Billy Steinway has been an integral contributor to Holz's efforts playing both live shows and recording sessions. Steinway will join Holz, Clarke and Armstrong at the upcoming recording session in September.
Additionally, Bob Holz and A Vision Forward featuring Jamie Glaser and Ralphe Armstrong are getting ready to perform a show in New York City in early November 2017.
LOS ANGELES - July 3, 2017 - PRLog -- MVD Records and Paiste cymbals/Canopus drums artist Bob Holz (Larry Coryell Trio) will perform in concert at the eighth annual Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival in Syracuse, NY on Saturday July 29th,2017. The internationally acclaimed jazz fusion drummer/composer will co-headline the festival with his super group, Bob Holz And A Vision Forward featuring Chet Catallo and Ralphe Armstrong. Holz is managed by former Mike Stern personal manager Roy Holland out of New York City.
Holz is appearing to support the release of his 2017 hit recording, Visions and Friends which charted for five months on the Jazz Week charts, riding the month of March at #28 with a bullet. The album received an excellent review in the June issue of Jazziz Magazine. One tune off the album was included in Jazziz Magazine's Summer CD. The song, One Breath Two Hearts, penned by keyboardist Billy Steinway, is Holz's and executive producer Rob Stathis' tribute to the late guitar legend Larry Coryell and iconic drummer, the late Alphonse Mouzon. Larry Coryell appeared on Holz's latest album and also on Holz's 2016 release, A Vision Forward, on MVD Records. Joining Holz in his touring band are bassist Ralphe Armstrong (Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra), guitarist Jamie Glaser( Chic Corea/Jean Luc Ponty) and Los Angeles based keyboardist Billy Steinway (Annie Lennox, The Jazz Crusaders). Holz also received a glowing concert review in the June issue of Smooth Jazz Magazine for his May 9th show at Catalina Bar and Grill jazz club in Hollywood, California. A full length DVD was shot of the concert and will be part of the band's next album release slated for mid 2018. As an endorser of Paiste cymbals and Canopus drums, Holz's latest album features his jazz fusion style and was mentioned in the June 2017 issue of Modern Drummer Magazine. Bob Holz is singed to MVD Records, publicized by Pilato Entertainment and Michael Bloom Media Relations and retains personal management through Roy Holland Productions. The new album Visions and Friends is available at all online music outlets. http://www.bobholzband.com