Jeff Carver & Rahjta Ren | The Merry Christmas Sessions

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The Merry Christmas Sessions

by Jeff Carver & Rahjta Ren

A beautifully inspired collection of Christmas favorites, highlighting a variety of 'easy listening' jazz styles...featuring flugelhorn, trumpet and keyboards.
Genre: Holiday: Easy Listening
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1. Let It Snow
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2. Christmas Time Is Here
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3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
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4. Frosty the Snowman
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5. I'll Be Home for Christmas
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6. Silver Bells
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7. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
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8. The Christmas Song
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9. Winter Wonderland
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10. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
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11. Silent Night
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12. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Album Notes
The Merry Christmas Sessions is a collection of Holiday Season favorites, performed by the Minneapolis-based duo of flugelhorn/trumpet player, Jeff Carver; and keyboardist, Rahjta Ren. The record was recorded "live" in studio over three beautiful, Minnesota Fall afternoons. There was no rehearsal, just a loose conversation of what might be..well, fun..and "Christmasy"! A few songs were captured on the "first take", as the energy and enthusiasm of sound could not be replicated in additional run-throughs. As with their live show performances, the duo puts spontaneity and creativity high on the list."Sessions" is meant for quiet moments alone, wrapping presents and sending Christmas cards. Or, one might enjoy this music at Holiday get-togethers with friends and family. One listen and you will be magically transported into the perfect Christmas mood! From the first easy swingin' bass lines and flugelhorn of "Let It Snow" to the playful "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer", this CD will be a perfect fit for any collection. Ren provides a cascade of styles as he moves easily between feels and grooves, darting effortlessly from song to song. Carver, who plays mostly flugelhorn, (and some trumpet) on the record, provides dark, rich tones and an emotional feel to each song. His bends, twists and personality almost speak the words of each song he plays. Together, Carver and Ren provide quite a collection of music...over 50 minutes and 12 songs, to be exact. Try it with the lights low, a special beverage and a special someone. You won't be disappointed! Jeff Carver is a former award-winning High School Band Director, who has been playing trumpet professionally in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for years. Jeff was lead trumpet with the MN Vikings Show Band, “Power Players’ NorthStars Hockey Band, and has performed the National Anthem at MN Twins games several times. Jeff regularly performs, solos and records with national artists such as Ricky Peterson, Jason Peterson DeLaire, Shaun Johnson (Tonic Sol Fa), Jimi Beringer, Willie West and Jeff Dayton, to name a few. Jeff is currently a member of the club band, High & Mighty, and plays jazz with various musicians in clubs throughout the Midwest. He is a Jupiter Trumpet Artist and is in-demand for school clinics, guest appearances, recording projects and private teaching.Rahjta Ren is an extremely accomplished keyboardist. Rahjta, originally from the East Coast, was awarded a Gold Record for his work on saxophonist/flutist Najee's Capitol/EMI/Manhattan recording, Najee's Theme. Among his many other accomplishments, Rahjta released two RCA/Novus recordings, Signs of Life and Balance to extremely favorable reviews. Rahjta later was the house pianist at Caneel Bay Luxury Resort in St. John, USVI, and kept busy with other freelance projects. Besides his keyboard skills, Rahjta is a teacher of meditation and yoga, as well as music. Jeff & Rahjta have performed together for about 1½ years, playing their versions of jazz, smooth jazz, contemporary jazz and swing. They currently have a house gig every Wednesday night at School II Bistro & Wine Bar in Chanhassen. They can be seen at other clubs, as well, and play several private parties during the year. The Merry Christmas Sessions is their first record together.


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Marcia Zacher

Soft jazz + Christmas classics = Superb CD!
This CD is wonderfully such talented musicians. The entire CD is so mellow and calming. Anytime I want to relax, I pop in this CD. The music on the CD and the CD cover are a perfect combination!

Mary Abellera

The Merry Christmas Sessions
The Merry Christmas Sessions is an exceptionally beautful CD. The talent is remarkable. Thank you Jeff and Rahjta for many years of Christmas joy!

Connie Wolke

Simply amazing CD. Filled with holiday classics and performed by two incredibly talented performers . Rahjta and Jeff, your passion can be heard. God gave you both a very special gift....this is a treasure!

Karen Anderson

This is the most beautiful holiday cd i have heard in a long time! It will be a holiday favorite for years to come, so well done and easy to listen too. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents with the world, this is a must get cd!!!

Joachim Baecker

I must admit, I'm just not a big fan of Christmas music, most likely because all of the standards have been played to death, year after year. Jeff and Rahjta transform these classic-but-overworn melodies into something special, giving each piece some space to breathe and dance, without turning them into a novelty song. "Silent Night" borders on gut-wrenching, goosebump-inducing grace. This collection is a fantastic alternative for the common Christmas fare, done with heart, soul and reverence.

Cindy Babcock

Christmas favorites in a soothing jazzy style
Jeff and Rahjta have created a new Christmas favorite for me. Their styles blend so well that they just become a soothing Christmas conversation. Sit with a glass of wine and enjoy!

Kathy Knoploh

The Merry Christmas sessions by Jeff Carver and Rahjta Ren consists of traditional Christmas music, but with a different spin to create a unique sound. You will recognize the tunes, but be delightfully surprised by these new variations and the high quality of sound. The talented duo will bring you on a journey as they convey both joyful and sentimental emotions throughout the CD.

Kristal P

Peaceful, calming holiday cd
This music is gorgeous - there really isn't quite another word for it. It brings to mind a softly crackling fire, warm, cozy blankets and snow falling softly outside. I fell instantly in love with this cd! This has definitely made the top of my favorite holiday albums. It's simply beautiful.

J. Miller

A Christmas CD You Can Enjoy Again & Again
Ranging from soothing to spirited, these easy-to-listen-to Christmas favorites are imbued with the season and are the perfect accompaniment to a quiet night at home or a gathering of friends.


Not your ordinary Christmas Music
Christmas Music Session is an amazing CD. With its extraordinary arrangements, mellow jazzy interpretations it can take you to a wonderful place. You haven’t heard this Christmas Music before.