Wednesday, December 18, 2019

A Twist on Holiday Favorites: Big Band Holidays II

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.



I really enjoy Christmas music. It's nice to hear the classics I grew up with and still love, but it's also nice to hear a fresh twist on those songs, which is what you get with this Big Band Holidays II CD. This particular CD has Wynton Marsalis involved, and honestly, that's all I have to say, because if he is involved in a project, you know it has to be good. The one song that surprised me on here, was "Rise up shepherd and follow." It is a song I have heard often, but many years ago. Someone I knew sang it as a solo in church. I thought the song was made just for that choir, because the director often made up her own songs for the members to sing (and her husband, the co-director created the music). I had no idea it was a song that has been around forever and a day. What a treat now, that I can get it on CD! Know someone who loves this kind of music? Pick one up and drop it in their Christmas stocking. That'll get you a big smile. :)

ANNOUNCING THE RELEASE OF: BIG BAND HOLIDAYS II
BY THE JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA WITH WYNTON MARSALIS



FEATURING  
ARETHA FRANKLIN’S PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED PERFORMANCE OF  
“O TANNENBAUM”
ADDITIONAL GUEST VOCALISTS INCLUDE
CATHERINE RUSSELL, VERONICA SWIFT, DENZAL SINCLAIRE AND AUDREY SHAKIR

1. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Written by Edward Pola & George Wyle
Arranged by Wynton Marsalis
Soloists: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Victor Goines (clarinet), Chris Crenshaw (trombone), Dan Nimmer (piano), Ted Nash (flute)
 
2. Cool Yule (ft. Catherine Russell)
Written by Steve Allen
Arranged by Sherman Irby
Soloists: Walter Blanding (tenor saxophone), Sherman Irby (alto saxophone)
 
3. We Three Kings (ft. Denzal Sinclaire)
Written by John Henry Hopkins, Jr.
Arranged by Carlos Henriquez
Soloists: Dan Nimmer (piano), Paul Nedzela (baritone saxophone)
 
4. O Tannenbaum (ft. Aretha Franklin)
Written by Ernst Ansch├╝tz
 
5. Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow
Arranged by Ted Nash
Soloist: Marcus Printup (trumpet)
 
6. (Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man with the Bag (ft. Veronica Swift)
Written by Harold Stanley, Irving Taylor & Dudley Brooks
Arranged by Walter Blanding
Soloists: Veronica Swift (vocals), Vincent Gardner (trombone)
 
7. What Will Santa Claus Say? (When He Finds Everybody Swingin’) (ft. Catherine Russell)
Written by Louis Prima
Arranged by Chris Crenshaw
Soloists: Paul Nedzela (baritone saxophone), Ali Jackson (drums)
 
8. Brazilian Sleigh Bells
Written by Percy Faith
Arranged by Carlos Henriquez
Soloists: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet), Bruce Harris (trumpet), Sherman Irby (alto saxophone)
 
9. Silver Bells (ft. Catherine Russell)
Written by Ray Evans & Jay Livingston
Arranged by Ali Jackson
Soloists: Vincent Gardner (trombone), Ted Nash (flute), Dan Nimmer (piano)
 
10. Snowfall
Written by Claude Thornhill
Arranged by Sherman Irby
Soloist: Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)
 
11. Silent Night (ft. Denzal Sinclaire)
Written by Franz Gruber & Joseph Mohr
Arranged by Victor Goines
Soloists: James Chirillo (guitar), Kenny Rampton (trumpet)

This CD is available online, including at Amazon and is sold in stores nationwide.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like another great way to hear the classics indeed.

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  2. I would love this. I would love this a lot.

    Have a fabulous day and rest of the work week. Vacation soon? Big hug. ♥

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  3. Not for me, but I am glad you enjoyed it.

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  4. But, no Carol of the Bells. Bah, humbug. I'm sure it's still really lovely to play throughout the season though ♥

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