Friday, November 29, 2013

The Music Man Top 3 Jazz Christmas CDs





















Most people love the traditional songs of the Christmas season but after hearing your favorite songs for the tenth time in ten days, I am sure you are ready for a change. Well, the Music Man Blog has just the right medicine for your tired ears.  I have found 3 new Christmas Jazz CDs that are just terrific.

The first CD is "Noel" from Tianna Hall & Chris Cortez. Chris is president and CEO of "Blue Bamboo Music" and Tianna Hall is one of the label's star performers. The arrangements on this CD are terrific thanks to the wonderful work of Mark Piszczek who did most of the charts. There are 6 arrangements by Piszczek and 3 arrangements by Cortez. This CD is very professionally done with great arrangements that fit the fine vocals from Tianna Hall perfectly. The other supporting players are all top-notch:

Chris Cortez: Guitar, Additional Vocals                 Warren Sneed: Alto Saxophone, Flute
Anthony Sapp: Bass                                                Thomas Hulten: Trombone, Bass Trombone
Paul English: Piano                                                 Special Guests:
Tom Cummings: Vibraphone, Drums                           Joel Fulgham: Drums on "We Three Kings"
Dennis Dolson: Trumpet                                               Memo Reza: Drums on "The Angels"
Woody Witt: Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet                 Vocals: Tianna Hall

Buy this CD and you will be playing it every Christmas; it's a keeper!

                                              "In Studio" YouTube Video "We Three Kings"

The second CD is by The Manhattan Brass, "Manhattan Brass Holiday". Manhattan Brass has been around for over 20 years.  They have been known for their innovative programming, dynamic performances and a commitment to educating audiences of all ages about live music and the brass idiom.  The sounds and arrangements on this CD are new, fresh and enjoyable.  Jack Walrath did the arrangements on tracks 2,3,4,5 and 10.  Carla Bley did the arrangements on tracks 1,6,7,8,9, and 11. The six brass players performing are nothing short of brilliant. Wayne du Maine: Trumpet, Lew Soloff: Trumpet, RJ Kelley: Horn,Michael Seltzer: Trombone, David Taylor: Bass Trombone, Ann Ellsworth: Horn. This CD would make a great Christmas gift for any Brass lover!

                                             Two Tracks From The Manhattan Brass New 
                                             Holiday Album, "Manhattan Brass Holiday" on 
                                             YouTube.

The third CD Tim Warfield's "Jazzy Christmas" was reviewed by The Music Man Blog on December 30th of 2012. I received the review copy late in December 2012 and published the review after Christmas because it was too good not to let my readers know about it. Check out my blog review published on December 30th, 2012. This CD is one of the best Jazz CDs I have heard in many years. Tim's improvisation is fresh and exciting and so are the arrangements he did for 7 of the tracks on this CD.

                                           Live Performance of "Let It Snow" by By Tim Warfield
                                           and Joanna Pascale on vocal.

All or any of these CDs would make wonderful gifts for friends or family and a must in your collection of Christmas music.

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