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"Christmas, The Hymns" CD Review
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Pop Instrumental Christmas CD features Soprano Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute and Alto Flute. Smooth Jazz, New Age, Pop Christmas Sax.
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Greg Vail, Instrumental Christmas Music. Deck The Halls, What Child Is This, Away In The Manger, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Joy To The World, Silent Night, Hark The Hearld Angels Sing, O Holy Night, We Three Kings, The First Noel, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, O Come All Ye Faithful. Traditional songs of Christmas Faith and Christmas Worship that makes a GREAT Christmas Gift.

Christmas The Hymns CD Review

September 2005 - by Carol Swanson for

Greg Vail is the sax man, and Christmas, The Hymns is one of two excellent holiday CDs featuring his instrument of choice. The other CD, Is It Christmas Yet?, is also reviewed on this site. Both albums are jazzy pop instrumental gems that will help make your season bright.

Christmas, The Hymns is perhaps the more serious of the two, containing ten ancient carols that are well familiar. The disc has keyboard icon Rob Mullins (see him at providing serious support, amping up the album's stellar jazz credentials.

The opening is somewhat unusual, but very well executed. "Deck the Halls" proceeds with the fanfare of a Broadway musical, combining the country hoedown sensibilities of "Oklahoma!" with sophisticated jazz smoothness--COOL! In stark contrast, the next track ("What Child Is This/Away in the Manger") opens with the calmest, most reverent approach one could imagine. The CD reflects contrast like these, from funkadelic ("God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen") to adult contemporary pop ("Joy to the World") to new age sweetness ("Silent Night") to electro-synth hip-hop excitement ("We Three Kings").

The variety is impressive and attractive, keeping the listener on her toes. Most importantly, the musicianship is top-notch; the sax is consistently solid throughout, and Mullins' keyboards are a noteworthy addition. I particularly enjoyed Mullins' piano on tunes like "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "O Come All Ye Faithful." Vail's flute on that final cut ("O Come All Ye Faithful") is also outstanding.

Christmas, The Hymns is a very nice choice for those who favor smooth, but not too smooth, adult contemporary music. Thank you, Greg Vail, for creating an outstanding, multi-purpose, jazz instrumental offering for the holidays.

--Carol Swanson

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