Roxanne Layton | The Sound of Christmas Winds

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The Sound of Christmas Winds

by Roxanne Layton

This cd is full of lush traditional Christmas Carols that are timeless and fill the air with a warm holiday ambience. A compilation of Carols for the Christmas season all played by Roxanne Layton on recorders and percussion.
Genre: Classical: Traditional
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1. In dulci Jubilo
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2. Cradle Song/Away in a Manger
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3. Allein Gott In Der Hoh Selehr
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4. Greensleeves
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5. Divinum Mysterium
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6. Sussex Carol/ I Saw Three Ships
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7. Gelobet Seist Du Jesu Christ
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8. Ermuntre Dich, Mein Schwacher Geist
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9. Joseph, Lieber Joseph Mein
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10. Vom Himmel Hoch (part 1)
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11. Vom Himmel Hoch ( part 2)
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12. Psalm 42 ( Comfort, Comfort Ye My People)
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13. What Is That Lovely Fragrance
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14. Veni Emmanuel
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15. I Wonder As I Wander
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16. Silent Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Roxanne Layton is the newest member of the mega-instrumental group "Mannheim Steamroller" led by Chip Davis. She plays various percussion instruments, recorders, crumhorns, and electronic drumkit. Chip Davis' "Mannheim Steamroller" has been around since the 70's and is very well known for their Christmas Albums. Roxanne is also a member of "Zoe Lewis and her Rubber Band", an eclectic world-beat,Latin Jazz,original tune band led by the wonderful songwriter, Zoe Lewis.
Roxanne is known as an "ambassador" of the recorder because of her ability to play the instrument in so many styles of music. She started playing the recorder at age 6 because her father wanted her to have a portable instrument to take along on the boat he was building to go around the world in. She has played on many albums including "Mannheim Steamroller"'s "Christmas Extraordinaire", "Barbie as Rapunzel"'DVD, "Fishbone, Wishbone,Funnybone" by Zoe Lewis,"Chasing Grace" by Steve Anderson, "Dinner","Party","Renaissance Holiday","Holiday Music" and many others.
Roxanne graduated from New England Conservatory in Boston with "distinction in performance". She has played with the New Orleans Philharmonic, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Utah Opera, New World Symphony, Boston Opera Company, Handel and Haydn Society under Christopher Hogwood, emmanuel Music's famous Bach Cantata Series, Ottawa Folk Festival, and many more.
Besides playing, Roxanne also worked at "The von Huene Workshop" who specialize in making beautiful recorders and are one of the top makers in the world. She was the test-player and assisted in turning, carving, drilling, voiceing, and finishing recorders there from 1990 to 1996.
With "Mannheim Steamroller", Roxanne has appeared on "The Tonight Show", "The Today Show", "Good Morning America","The View","The Larry King Show",Dick Clark's "The Other Side", and played at The White House for the lighting of the National Christmas Tree and Peace Pageant in 1996 and 2002.
On "The Sound of Christmas Winds" you will hear an array of recorders played. This includes the soprano,alto,tenor, and bass recorders. The different recorders were made by von Huene Workshop, Moeck, and Yamaha. Some are wood and some are plastic.
Roxanne got some of her jazz and latin roots from her experience of living in New Orleans for her junior high and High School years. She also attended the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, a high school for the arts. She attended that school with Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr., Terence Blanchard, and many other talented musicians. Her sightsinging teacher was Ellis Marsalis. Her latin roots came from being born in Miami, Florida and being partially brought up by a wonderful cuban family. These influences can be heard on Zoe Lewis' "Fishbone,Wishbone,Funnybone", which features Roxanne playing the recorder in her unique style of fusing LatinJazz with CelticClassical.


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Gayle Roslund

A joy to listen to!
This is my type of Christmas music. Like another reviewer, I believe my favorite song is "In Dulci Jubilo" (also known as "Good Christian Men, Rejoice"), a song that doesn't seem to get included very often on Christmas compilations. Thanks for including it--it's one of my favorite holiday songs. I love the older, more traditional Christmas songs like those included on this disc. Songs like "Jingle Bells" and (especially) "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" just don't cut it for me. I love the simplicity of the recorder and its association with Renaissance music. I'd love to see Ms. Layton record another Christmas CD. I believe Renaissance Christmas music is my favorite of all holiday offerings.

Faith Nelson

Roxanne Layton 's music, talent, and albums are outrageous! A must have!
Zoe Lewis was right. One must absolute own Roxanne's albums. I have always enjoyed music of this type, certainly performed by Mannheimsteamroller. I will absolutely buy more albums of Roxanne's.

Jaunita Halo

Wow! Great CD
Love the sounds of the drums and the smooth tones of the recorders. Very soothing! My favorite is the first song! These are tunes that I can listen to all year!

Cindy James

Just what I was looking for!
This year I wanted a Christmas CD of recorder music. I didn't know anything about Roxanne Layton and so was not sure what I was getting. What I got was a gem. This is my kind of Christmas music - a combination of Chirstmas Carols and Motets. I think this is now my favorite Christmas CD. Like other reviewers, I enjoyed hearing some of the not so well known Christmas music and especially liked "In Dulci Jubilo". Thanks, Roxanne for making my Christmas.