(from a Brick’s Picks in the LA Weekly, 2007)
If you’re looking for soul there’s saxophonist Red Holloway’s 80th Birthday Bash at the Jazz Bakery Friday through Sunday. The Bakery might be a little smart and arty itself, but you’ll forget all about that once Red begins to blow the blues. They don’t teach this stuff, you know. They can teach all the chords and fingerings and changes and whatever….but none of that will ever tell you how to get the sound that Red gets. He feels this stuff, he’s lived it, he is it and he plays it. That’s eighty years worth of that you’re hearing. A lifetime compressed into gorgeous sound. Maybe that explains why a great, profound solo can shake you to your core. Who knows how or who knows why…but just go to a gig sometime and sit there and just listen. When that certain solo gets rolling you’ll feel it, down in your bones you’ll feel it. And Red is one of those players who’ll do it to you.