"Holland’s flugelhorn boasts a rich, full tone that purrs with warmth. On faster tunes he steams. He plays the kind of jazz that just feels right on a wintry day, with the fireplace in full throttle, it hits the spot perfectly, drenched in emotional power and skillful fortitude."
- Steve Loewy, All Music Guide
“Don’t let the name mislead you. The only thing small about the Rick Holland/Evan Dobbins Band is its numbers. Everything else is super-sizefrom the remarkable energy and wall-to-wall sound to the awesome charts by Jim Martin, Brent Wallarab, Kerry Strayer and Bill Dobbins that never fail to bring out the best in the band’s two-trumpet, two-trombone, four reeds and rhythm
- Jack Bowers, All About Jazz
"Rick is poised to gain some well-deserved national recognition.".
- Mike Metheny, JAM Magazine
This new “Ten-Piece” ensemble plays exciting contemporary mainstream jazz, featuring some of the best writers from around the country, including Brent Wallarab, Kerry Strayer, Jim Martin and Bill Dobbins. A versatile musician and veteran performer in organizations such as the Louie Bellson Big Band (Chicago Based Band), Jimmy Dorsey, Mike Pendowski, Rob Parton, Buddy DeFranco, Buselli-Wallrab and Terry Gibbs Bands, Rick Holland brings a wealth of experience and musicality to each performance.
Holland has now recorded 5 albums as a leader and co-leader with national and international labels. His most recent release, In Times Shadow, featuring the Rick Holland - Evan Dobbins Little Big Band, was recorded in the summer of 2005. It features the writing of Bill Dobbins (co-producer), Brent Wallarab, Jim Martin and Kerry Strayer. Rick has agreed to release this album under the Blujazz label, one of the top Jazz independent labels in the world today.
Other releases under the Cadence label include, Positive Settings, and There Will Never Be Another You, featuring the Rick Holland Quartet. These albums were highly praised by periodicals such as the All Music Guide, Jazz Improv Magazine, Cadence Magazine and Detroit Jazz. Rick also has made two significant recordings with long-time playing partners Hendrik Meurkens, You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To, and with Kerry Strayer, Speak Low. These albums were also praised by All Music Guide, All About Jazz and the Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors, JAM Magazine.
In 2005, Rick received his Doctoral degree in Classical performance from Michigan State University. He is a Yamaha Performing artist, active performer and clinician and has served on the music faculties of Western Michigan University and SUNY-Oswego.