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Alan Barnes - A Jazz Christmas Carol (2015)

11-12-2015, 15:54
Music | Jazz | XMAS & Holiday

Title: A Jazz Christmas Carol
Year Of Release: 2015
Label: Woodville Records
Genre: Jazz, Xmas
Quality: 320 kbps
Total Time: 49:55
Total Size: 119 MB

1. The Start Of It (1:12)
2. Bah Humbug! (6:05)
3. Marley's Ghost (4:59)
4. The Ghost Of Christmas Past (Portrait Of Belle) (4:28)
5. The Ghost Of Christmas Present (6:17)
6. Tint Tim (5:21)
7. The Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come (2:48)
8. The End Of It (5:11)
9. God Bless Us Everyone! (4:02)
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (4:07)
11. The Christmas Song (5:21)

Like the Dickens classic itself, Alan Barnes's 'Christmas Carol' has something for everyone: a treat for the jazz connoisseur; it will delight anyone who loves music or literature - or just Christmas!

This new suite of pieces takes the audience through the characters and scenes of 'A Christmas Carol'. Eight virtuoso musicians - including trumpeter Bruce Adams, trombonist Mark Nightingale, saxophonists Robert Fowler and Karen Sharp and pianist David Newton - bring the characters and scenes to life, switching audiences from hilarity to pathos with a skill that would have done credit to Dickens himself!

A gruff baritone sax plays Scrooge, his lost love Belle is a lyrical alto, his clerk Bob Cratchit a cheery clarinet and Marley's Ghost walks in the person of a swinging trombone. Just as Scrooge's ghosts take him on a tour of his life, so the movements of this suite seemed each to have a benevolent presiding ghost, celebrating the spirit of jazz greats past and present.

The music and readings inspire the full range of Dickens's imagination and emotion: from terror and remorse through to love and then irresistible joy of "God Bless Us Every One!"

Personnel: Alan Barnes (alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet), Bruce Adams (trumpet, flugelhorn), Mark Nightingale (trombone), Karen Sharp, Robert Fowler (tenor and baritone saxophone, clarinet), David Newton (piano), Simon Thorpe (double bass), Clark Tracey (drums)

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