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Carla's Christmas Carols
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One day recently I find out that Carla Bley has released a Christmas album, and I am torn. On one hand, Carla Bley is an artist; a composer, a musician who doesn't just roll out of bed and release yuletide crap to earn money. On the other hand, it's Christmas music. I decide to try it. And I like it.
One thing that I especially get is Bley taking liberties with melodies. For instance on "Away In A Manger," the note that matches the word "his" in the line "no crib for his bed" is flatted. That's awesome. If I tried to pull that off at a Christmas party, I would get dirty looks. The way she screws with the harmony of "O Tannenbaum" is equally cool.
Her combination of piano and brass ensemble adds a welcome blur of styles. Sometimes it sounds jazzy, other times it sounds like classical chamber as you can hear on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."
And Carla includes her own "Jesus Maria." Christmas music is saved.
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One of the best holiday music albums I have. Non traditional arrangements of the classics are fascinating.Published 6 months ago by J. A. McNerney
An iconic arranger meets a stellar ensemble! Who could ask for anything more?Published 6 months ago by Scott Whitfield
Less "jazzy" than I was expecting initially, but this is just great. These feel like quintessential examples of each song, and the arrangements are both interesting and... Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by Andrew Conkling
This is a brilliant, amazing album. Buy it, listen to it and you will keep listening year after year.Published on December 27, 2010 by Dugan