December 20th, 2003
Edition #310 Previously
Presentation - A Café Jazz Christmas
'Tis the season... With the big day only a few days away, it's time again for our annual Christmas special. True to form we've chosen music that is consistent with the style and mood of the show. As well, we have and continue to be most drawn to those artists that take a fresh approach to their craft. After all, some Christmas standards have been recorded hundreds of times, so for any version of such a selection "to make the grade" it must have some quality that sets it apart from the rest. I also believe in the therapeutic property of music, and as such this too becomes an important factor in selecting music for this show. So with all these things in mind. it's time to put a log on the fire and gather together with your loved ones as we celebrate peace on earth and goodwill towards men with A Café Jazz Christmas. It's our way of wishing you all the joys of the season and the best of everything in the New Year ahead. Merry Christmas!
| Highlights Hour
Holiday - Russ Freeman:
This seasonal record was put out by Russ Freeman leader of The Rippingtons back in 1995, just before it became fashionable to do so. Of the thirteen tracks, eleven are fresh takes on traditional favourites with a couple of originals from Freeman that nicely fit the holiday flavour of the cd. On the whole, this is one of the best examples of an album that combines creativity with yuletide classics. It continues to be a source of great listening and from it we have the title track.
in the Manger - Plan 9:
CD: The 9 Days of Christmas
to the World - Greg Vail:
CD: Christmas The Hymns
|Highlights Hour Two|
You Hear What I Hear? - Chris Camozzi:
Although the release that this track is taken from may not be well
known, this 2001 album represents a superior compilation of contemporary
treatments of Christmas classics. Many of the selections exhibit a fascianting
blend of "hip meets holly". It's quite simply a terrific cd
and from it we've chosen one of the finest selections.
Christmas - Michael Franks:
The "poet-laureate" of smooth jazz is back at it after an absence of four years. In the midst of several projects, Franks has for the past two years been intent on completing work on this album of original holiday music. Sometimes playful, always inventive and frequently brilliant, Franks' true genius comes sparkling through on the track that we've selected. With the help of Veronica Nunn, Franks eloquently engages us in an island sojourn that is nothing short of pure musical bliss!
CD: Watching the Snow
Label: Sleeping Gypsy Music
Site: Michael Franks
to the World - Chris Blizzard: