The big band that is pianist Mike Holober and the Gotham Jazz Orchestra have returned after a decade-long studio silence to release Hiding Out.
The new album is a double disc release spanning nearly two hours in length. The first disc’s four-song movement, “Flow,” was commissioned by the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, where Holober worked as the Artistic Director earlier this decade. It finds its inspiration in the flow of the Hudson river from its roots in the Adirondack Mountains to its end in Manhattan.
The “Hiding Out” movement on the second disc, which was commissioned by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, also draws on nature for inspiration—in this case, the landscapes Holober immersed himself in at Ucross Foundation’s ranch in Clearmont, Wyoming.
“There’s a double meaning to the title Hiding Out,” Holober said in a statement. “One is that I’ve been hiding out as a composer, arranger and sideman for other people and as an educator. But it also comes from the places where I wrote or that inspired these pieces—beautiful settings in the mountains and along the banks of beautiful rivers.”
Listen to Hiding Out below: