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Green Hill Christmas Music Sampler

Beegie Adair, David Arkenstone, Leif Shires, Stan Whitmire, Jaimee Paul, The Lori Mechem Quartet, Michael Omartian, Kathy Troccoli, Jack Jezzro & David Davidson
November 6, 2012 | Format: MP3

$2.99
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I just downloaded this album for a bargain price of FREE! First of all, that is awesome.

Now about the music. I am a Christmas/Holiday music aficionado, or freak, depending on who you ask. I'm the person humming Christmas tunes November 1st and still trying not to sing them come Valentine's Day. I enjoy all types of holiday tunes, from juvenile classics to choral to Trans Siberian Orchestra and everything in between.

This is a great sampler of easy listening style songs, lots of piano arrangements and jazzy ones, too. This would be an excellent mix to have playing at a nice level in the background as you entertain guests.
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This is a great collection to play to set the Christmas mood as you decorate the house or bake Christmas treats.

1. The sampler provides a tinkling rendition of "Joy to the World."

2. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," begins as a soft piano version of the classic song, and quickly switches over to a soft and jazzy rendition of the song, that is especially nicely played.

3. The trumpet solo in "Good King Wenceslas," is very soothing.

4. "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," is played with a very soft piano lead that switches to a very magical version of "Carol of the Bells" in the middle. This is a beautiful rendition of "Carol of the Bells," and I found myself wishing it would go on.

5. The "Jingle Bells" and "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" is a jazz band medley with the sultry vocals of Beegie Adair. What a voice!

6. The presentation of "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from "The Nutcracker" is a bit odd. Imagine the classic tune pressed through a synthesizer with new-age vibes and snare-drum driven percussions added, and you'll have a good idea about this version of the song. It also stops very abruptly, which is a bit disconcerting because it's such a surreal rendition of the song. This is the only song in the collection that I didn't love.

7. The introduction to, "O Tannenbaum," sounded a bit like the version of the song played on the Charlie Brown TV special, but it switched over to a soft jazz band version after the first verse. Included are bass and piano solos backed by soft percussions.

8. "O Come All Ye Faithful" is symphonic in style rather than jazzy. It begins with a swelling chorus and softens, then builds again. This cycle repeats several times to the end of the song.

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'Tis the season... for jazz lovers.

It's always good to find a good jazz compilation, but this Green Hill Christmas Music Sampler is exceptional for those who appreciate the blending of Christmas music with some excellent jazz. It features Beegie Adair and some friends, and each of these tracks is a pure musical gem. This sampler offers us the following tracks:

1. Joy to the World, featuring New Age musician David Arkenstone
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, with the jazz piano of Beegie Adair
3. Good King Wenceslas, with the mellow trumpet of Leif Shires
4. I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day / Carol of the Bells (Medley), from pianist Stan Whitmire
5. Jingle Bells / Jolly Old St. Nicholas (Medley) [feat. Beegie Adair], with vocals by Jaimee Paul
6. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, from David Arkenstone
7. O Tannenbaum, from Nashville's Lori Mechem Quartet
8. O Come, All Ye Faithful, by keyboardist Michael Omartian
9. Deck the Halls, featuring the piano of Jack Jezzro
10. Missing You This Christmas, with vocals by Kathy Troccoli
11. Up On the Housetop (feat. Sam Levine), with Jack Jezzro
12. Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming / What Child Is This? (Medley), featuring Beegie Adair on piano

The twelve tracks here are truly top notch, with some excellent and well seasoned jazz performers, and it was a stroke of production genius to build this Christmas album around Beegie Adair. For those unfamiliar with her work, this is a good place to start. Beegie Adair is a jazz pianist. She studied piano at Western Kentucky University and moved to Nashville, where she did graduate work at Peabody College.
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Any time you can get a free album with tracks by jazz pianist Beegie Adair, jump on it. The "Green Hill Christmas Music Sampler" has two of her pieces, but the other ten songs are first rate, too. All have a smooth jazzy sound that makes for great easy listening at Christmas time. I enjoyed every piece on the album, but after Ms. Adair, my favorites were the two numbers by New Age musician David Arkenstone. His upbeat piano music was almost mesmerizing.

The album is forty-three minutes of bliss, and thanks to Amazon for a great free download.
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One of the best Christmas albums I have heard in many years. Green Hill's two previous Christmas samplers are also excellent. While some of the titles are duplicated from one year to the next, many of the arrangements are different.

My guests really enjoyed it. You can listen to it in the background, or you can turn it up. The sound quality and arrangements are superb. I listened to the 2012 through the 2014 albums over the weekend and there was not a single dud on any of the three yearly CD/MP3 collections.

For the price you can't complain. Highly recommended! My friends wanted the URL, so they could download their own copies.
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