Christmas Cedar & Spruce
JOEL BROWN & FRIENDS Christmas Cedar & Spruce TROY789 - Price: $16.99
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This disc is for anyone looking for something different, yet beautiful as Christmas music.

You'll remember Joel Brown from all those wonderful discs with the late Bill Crofut from Albany's "early years." Now he's back with a delightful Christmas disc with his celebrated friends and family. This album was inspired by a concert and TV show featuring Brown's arrangements of Christmas tunes for a student guitar ensemble. It was such a success that he was encouraged to create this recording. All right, it took more than a decade but it was worth the wait! As with those great Crofut albums, the arrangements are jazzy, folksy and often times plain-old traditional. Of course you've heard these tunes a lot of times in the past, but they've never sounded so fresh as they do here. As Joel writes, "Christmas music has always been my favorite part of the holiday season. I still feel a flood of excitement and joy when I think of standing in our little hometown church singing in unison with family and friends. I hope the music on this recording will bring some of that same feeling to you. Merry Christmas!"
Contents:
Traditional, arr. J. Brown
Angels We Have Heard on High
Joel Brown, guitar, Chuck D'Aloia, guitar

Traditional, arr. J. Brown
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Joel Brown, guitar, Chuck D'Aloia, guitar

Traditional, arr. J. Brown/C. Brubeck What Child is This
Joel Brown, guitar, Peter Madcat Ruth, harmonica, Chris Brubeck, piano

Franz Gruber, arr. J. Brown
Silent Night
Joel Brown, guitar

J.S. Bach, arr. J. Brown
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Joel Brown, guitar, Andrew Brown, cello

Lowell Mason, arr. J. Brown
Joy to the World
Joel Brown, guitar, Andrew Brown, cello, Kristin Bacchiocchi-Stewart, flute

Traditional, arr. J. Brown
In the Bleak Mid-Winter
Joel Brown, guitar

J.F. Coots/H. Gillespie, arr J. Brown
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Joel Brown, guitar, Frank Brown, clarinet, Jason Brown, bass

John Hopkins, arr J. Brown
We Three Kings
Joel Brown, guitar

B. Hardy, arr. J. Brown
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Joel Brown, guitar

J.M. Neale, arr. J. Brown
Good King Wenceslas
Joel Brown, guitar, Peter Madcat Ruth, harmonica, Chris Brubeck, fretless bass

Review:
"...I am truly happy with this recording. It makes me smile." (American Record Guide)
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