Phillip Williams Quartet | Have Yourself a Jazzy, Bluesy, Smooth, Christmas!

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Have Yourself a Jazzy, Bluesy, Smooth, Christmas!

by Phillip Williams Quartet

Swinging, jazzy, arrangements of christmas standards by this superb pianist / vocalist breathes new life into the holiday classics!
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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1. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
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2. We Three Kings
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3. Winter Wonderland
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4. Frosty the Snowman
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5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas / Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
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6. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire)
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7. Here Comes Santa Claus
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8. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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9. Deck the Halls
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10. This Christmas
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11. Go Tell It On the Mountain / Jingle Bells
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Two years in the making, this album is the result of wanting to add something different to the standard repertoire of christmas holiday music. These arrangements are extremely sophisticated and different with a nod to the different facets of the idiom we call jazz, from he sassy brass and reed arrangements, to the challenging piano voicings, to the smooth vocals and that big, fat, bass you, the listener, will find yourself snapping your finger and smiling out loud ...
I am a big fan of miles davis approach to the music, most notably the kind of blue project. We all went in and recorded together live like the old days and no one really saw the charts until the day of the sessions which gave the music that creative, energy! The songs were really created on the spot with challenging chord progressions and the soloists were just unbelieveable in dissecting them. On the the jazzy opening tune, " let it snow " sets the standard right away. The bluesy " we three kings " followed by a very challenging arrangement of winterwonderland is a nod the" blue note " era of jazz . " Frosty the snowman " is just a swinging fun arrangement " that makes you want to go play in the snow! " Have yourself a merry little christmas " was a very challenging peice as it is a canvas of different shades of colors and moods with its many tempo changes. " Here comes santa claus " was particulary challenging because I wanted joyful animal sounds on the intro and ending, a nod to the great reed player and arranger anthony braxton. " We wish you a merry christmas " has a light,delicate, smooth feel that really brings the holiday spirit on. My favorite arrangement in a nod to straight ahead playing, " deck the halls " is very different utilizing a minor, dark key instead of the normal bright major key that the ear is accoustomed to and is very " coltranish " and swings very hard. The beautiful ballad " christmas song " strings arrangement gave it that pristine, romantic, quality I was looking for . "This christmas" was a nod to the great donny hathaway and that soulful feel of holiday joy! And " Go tell it on the mountain " gave the album that gospel, jazzy, feel that I grew up with in chicago going to church as a child hearing the different choirs sing. All in all , I am proud to finally submit this work; an album you will want to listen to all year long as the music is always fresh and the musicians are just superb.!


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