Friday, December 14, 2007

Friday Random 10

Christmas edition

Nice to get some standards (#2, 6, 9, 10) and some not-so-traditional (#3,5). #4 is from my days at Azusa Pacific, arranged by Barrie Gott, the APU band director who recruited me. He was a trumpet player, which may explain the horrific trumpet parts we had to play in that one. As to #8 - how did this one album, this one TV special, become one of the iconic Christmas sounds? It's so simple, lacking flash and fireworks, and yet it says "Christmas" like nothing else America has produced.

  1. Fredericka Von Stade and the American Boy Choir – Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, from “A Carnegie Hall Christmas”
  2. John Denver and the Muppets – Deck the Halls, from “A Christmas Together”
  3. Steve Tyrell – The Christmas Blues, from “This Time of Year”
  4. Azusa Pacific University Choir and Orchestra – King Jesus is His Name, from “Celebrate the Child”
  5. Choir of King’s College – Blessed Be that Maid Mary, from “Noel: Christmas at Kings”
  6. Jim Brickman – What Child is This?, from “Gift”
  7. New York Pops – Christmas Fantasy, from “Christmas in the Country”
  8. Vince Guaraldi – Skating, from “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
  9. Bing Crosby – Silent Night, from “White Christmas”
  10. Brass Mosaic – Away in a Manger, from “A Brass Christmas”

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