Four-time Grammy® winners turn their attention to a very unique take on Holiday Favorites. Big Band Jazz, with some very special guests, will make your Holidays especially Merry! Carol of the Bells (feat. Eric Marienthal, soprano sax) Do You Hear What I Hear? (feat. Take 6) Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow (feat. Jeff Driskill, tenor sax) Hark The Herald Angels Sing (feat. Trey Henry, bass, Gordon Goodwin, piano, Andy Martin, trombone) The Little Drummer Boy (feat. Jay Mason, baritone sax, Andrew Synoweic, guitar) A Christmas arol (feat. Wayne Bergeron, trumpet, Francisco Torres, trombone) I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day (feat. Dan Fornero, trumpet, Gordon Goodwin, tenor sax) Somewhere in my Memory (feat. Gordon Goodwin, soprano sax) Santa Baby (feat. Brian Scanlon, tenor sax, Willie Murillo, trumpet) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
The preeminent Grammy-winning big band leader, Gordon Goodwin, and his Big Phat Band return with another dose of impeccable arrangements and big band fun on this new release. The album features this year s Grammy-winning On Green Dolphin Street arrangement, his own take on the Get Smart theme and more!
Take a private guitar lesson from Leslie West, the master guitar player from Mountain and West, Bruce & Laing. Get all the tips you need from the guy who knows how to play them. For almost 40 years Leslie West has been one of rock's greatest guitar players recording massively successful albums and playing to literally millions of people at concerts all over the world. In this DVD Leslie West shows the viewer his innovative approach to playing rock guitar, techniques on capturing that special tone, recording and playing tips and hints on performing live.
Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass add plenty of spice to this Christmas jazz CD, not only with superb, fresh charts but a few surprising selections. The rich brass and reeds carry the deliberate rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which segues into a perky Latin-flavored chart of "I'll Be Home for Christmas." "Away in a Manger" is not the commonly heard melody but one first written in 1887, though the music will likely be familiar, even if one doesn't associate it with the well-known lyrics. The lush setting of "The Christmas Song," which likely set Mel Tormé and Bob Wells for life with royalty checks due to its many recordings, showcases the leader's valve trombone and pianist David Restivo. "My Favorite Things," originally written for The Sound of Music, has gradually been transformed into double duty as a Christmas carol; this swinging interpretation works very well. Johnny Mandel, the composer of many memorable melodies, deserves greater recognition for his gorgeous piece "A Christmas Love Song"; this arrangement deserved to help put it on the jazz map. Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass consistently delivered first-rate music throughout their existence, this holiday CD no exception.
A rare find, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's release Whatchu' Want for Christmas gives the listener a peek back @ one of todays original, 'classically fresh' and unique swing bands. This album is a mix of early recordings of their current hits, You and Me and the Bottle Makes Three Tonight (baby), Go Daddy-O, The Jungle Book favorite, I Wanna be Just Like You and, three Christmas tunes that promise to get you in a swingin' holiday mood. If there is one thing this album lacks it is the presence and "finishing touch" Josh Levy (piano, vocals) and Karl Hunter (alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, clarinet) provide in the band's current self titled release. Amidst all of the '90's swing' being thrown our way, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy offers an original yet classic swing sound that will leave you Jumpin' Jack… Go-Daddy-O!!
Having amassed 20 Grammy nominations, four statues and three Emmy wins, Gordon Goodwin is the most decorated big band leader in the 21st century. After all six of his Big Phat Band albums have garnered Grammy nominations or wins, he’s not elusive about why he trimmed his large 18-piece ensemble for an outing as the 8-member Little Phat Band, which will release their debut album, An Elusive Man, on September 9 via the Music of Content label.