Monday, November 28, 2011

A Jazzy Noel - Bob Stewart

Despite its time-honored traditions and universally familiar iconography, Christmas remains a holiday celebrated by each family and even each individual in their own personal style. Pianist/composer Geri Allen offers up her own interpretation with "A Child is Born" -- a new collection of traditional and original Christmas music that is profound and exuberant, spiritual and intimate. She refers to the disc as "a joyous Christmas celebration and remembrance of a childhood where love was always unconditional."

"Celebrating Christmas", preeminent pianist Marcus Roberts' majestic new disc brings an astounding level of artistry and insight to fifteen beloved holiday classics. Roberts is joined by Rodney Jordan on bass and his longtime drummer Jason Marsalis, together forming an exuberant trio that weaves familiar holiday melodies into the layered rhythms, tones and textures of traditional jazz, bebop and other touchstones of the genre.

From Grammy Award winner Harry Connick, Jr. comes a new instrumental holiday classic -- "Music From the Happy Elf" -- a companion disc to Connick's first picture book for children and the fourth edition of the ongoing "Connick on Piano" series; renowned contemporary jazz guitarist Chris Standring and singer/songwriter Kathrin Shorr celebrate the season with ten witty, charming and easy grooving originals on "Send Me Some Snow"; and Doug Munro and La Pompe Attack offer up a Gypsy swing holiday with "A Very Gypsy Christmas."

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