Recorded and released live on the night at the London Forum, 11 December 2014.
A jam band coming out of the Midwest in the mid-'90s, Umphrey's McGee edged toward the Frank Zappa side of the improv rock scale, as opposed to the Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers Band direction of their many contemporaries. The members of Umphrey's McGee met at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana…
Firma Melodiya continues the series of compact discs dedicated to December Evenings Festival that takes place at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. This album, like the previous one, is dedicated to the 1985 festival World of Romanticism and includes recordings featuring Sviatoslav Richter. The atmosphere of December Evenings, an event initiated by the great pianist, differed from usual philharmonic concerts. The spirit of music as an inseparable part of "fusion of arts" the romanticists dreamt of was invisibly felt in each number; a sensitive listener can catch it in these, perhaps technically imperfect, concert recordings from thirty years ago. The works by Schubert, Schumann and Chopin were performed by Sviatoslav Richter in ensemble with his outstanding contemporaries, violinist and David Oistrakh's student Oleg Kogan who passed away prematurely, violist Yuri Bashmet, cellist Natalia Gutman and clarinettist Anatoly Kamyshov.
What is December People you ask? Well - - - Something Classic, Something new, Something familiar - yet totally original. One part tribute band – One part radio sensation – One part traditional Holiday music – and one part just plain fun. This high powered quintet – made up of some of the finest musicians from some of the worlds biggest bands – provides 'Industrial Strength' Rock and Roll for the Holidays. December People plays familiar Holiday songs in the styles of the top bands of our time like Santana The Who, Led Zepplin, Sting, ZZ Top, Boston, U2, ELP, Queen and Peter Gabriel just to name a few. The group consists of five top players from well known bands.
The story goes that Robert Berry, the founder of December People, put together this band to perform Christmas ( or Holiday music in the politically correct term ) not only as various rock bands might sound if they did them, but also to make these songs popular all year round. This is the 2nd release by December People doing Holiday songs in which they attempt to sound exactly like a certain rock band such as ELP, Sting, Boston, ZZ Top, Queen, Yes, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Peter Gabriel etc.