VA - GRP Cristmas Collection, vol.2 (1991)

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VA - GRP Cristmas Collection, vol.2 (1991)
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Genre: Cristmas, Jazz | Label: GRP/MCA Special Products | Original Release Date: 1991

I have plenty of Christmas music, more than I can usually play during the season but this one I never can do without. If you like jazz in the smooth jazz vein, soulful renditions of classics, improvised interpretations, than you'll be in heaven with this disc. There are several tracks that wouldn't be Christmas without hearing every year.Don Grusin leads the way with memorable tracks with his choir infused version of "Angels We Have Heard On High." The melodic yet innovative "The First Noel" by George Howard is reminiscent of John Coltrane in his phrasing at times, "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Spyro Gyra is a rocking jumping good time, Arturo Sandoval sheds his latin jazz image for a brief moment on Bb trumpet and piccolo trumpet for a classical music introduction that soon transcends into blistering jazz solos than back into classical melodies on "O Come All Ye Faithful," the soulful voices of Carl Anderson and Patti Austin respectively on "O Holy Night" and "Christmas Time is Here" give the disc part of it's R&B edge. The absolute most sublime songs you can ever hear during the season are on this disc. You must hear "I Wonder as I Wander" by the New York Voices which mesh so beautifully with jazz arrangements and horns that will knock your socks off. Another soulful track is "Let There Be Peace on Earth" by Voyceboxing which features some remarkable female singing. The disc closes out with an amazing performance on harp by Deborah Henson- Conant who gives a Middle Eastern meets Western sensibilities to the otherworldly "We Three Kings of Orient Are." Great music for the holidays that you will enjoy year after year as I have since the early 90's.

Tracklist:
1. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Nelson Rangell - 4:00
2. Angels We Have Heard On High - Don Grusin - 4:31
3. The First Noel - George Howard - 4:56
4. Blue Christmas - Laim - 3:30
5. O Come All Ye Faithful - Arturo Sandoval - 3:54
6. O Holy Night - Carl Anderson - 4:08
7. The Earl Of Salisbury's Pavane - Acoustic Alchemy - 3:04
8. Christmas Time Is Here - Patti Austin - 3:27
9. I'll Be Home For Christmas - Spyro Gyra - 3:28
10. I Wonder As I Wander - New York Voices - 5:40
11. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring - Russ Freeman - 3:06
12. Let There Be Peace On Earth - Voyce Boxing - 4:56
13. We Three Kings Of Orient Are - Deborah Henson-Conant - 4:49

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