"Holidays at Home" with Brad Hatfield
Emmy Award winning Pianist/Composer Brad Hatfield has performed a collection of Christmas holiday music that is the perfect backdrop for the season. The music on this CD was performed for use in Film and Television when a scene called for elegant holiday background music. Many of these pieces have been used in films such as Surviving Christmas, and television shows such as The District, The Sopranos, Roswell, soap operas, and dozens of others.
If you've watched the Boston Pops on July 4th or their "Evening at Pops" Broadcasts, you probably have seen Brad Hatfield performing with artists such as Patti LaBelle, kd lang, James Taylor, Vince Gill, and Martina McBride. If you've seen the movie "Mystic River", you have heard Brad's featured solo piano playing Clint Eastwood's movie score, along with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Brad also keeps busy performing with a variety of jazz groups in the Boston area and internationally.
Brad has enlisted some of Boston's finest jazz players to perform this relaxed, sophisticated listening music. There is a mix of jazz trio, quartet settings, orchestrated traditional versions, alternate takes, and solo piano versions. With over an hours' worth of music, this CD will surely provide the right mood for trimming the tree, cocktails, dinner, and any time you want to hear some light and swinging holiday jazz.
Review from Dave Wheeler, Founder of Contemporary Music Workshop
"Brad currently resides in Boston and has released one of the most delightfully unique holiday albums I have ever heard. Brad's CD album is entitled "Holidays at Home" and includes most of the traditional holiday songs plus a Hatfield original which carries the album title. Lyrics were written by Dwight Crum.
The wonderful surprise of this CD is that all of it is done with a high level of Jazz feeling artistry yet does not go overboard and get too far away from the basic intent of these great songs. It is very loyal to lyricism, harmonic excellence, and the finest easy swinging rhythmic feel anyone could possibly achieve! Some of the tracks are Solo Piano; some are Combo; and some are Vocal; as well as some Orchestral accompaniment tracks.
Brad is joined on these magnificent performances by Paul Broadnax, Billy Novick playing Sax and Clarinet; Peter Kontrimas, Bassist; and Drummer Jim Gwin. The unified ensemble effect and obviously musically sensitive performances by all are top calibre!
I personally was quite impressed with Brad Hatfield's Solo Piano styles. He is one of the finest in the world today and his stride style on "Jolly Old Saint Nick" or on "Oh Christmas Tree" will melt your heart! There are Orchestral tracks which clearly define the Hatfield expertise with any and all instrumentations.
I URGE ALL FANS OF GOOD MUSIC TO TRY AND OBTAIN A COPY OF THE HOLIDAY CD FROM BRAD."