Like it or not folks - and what's not to like - that Season is upon us with all its attendant musical fantasies, sugarplum fairies, and the other appropriate traditional items and trappings of the holy season. So the market will be loaded with releases of jazz, variety pop, classical and Latin, Holiday, modern Latin, calypso and bossa nova mixed in well so the result is a true bouillabaisse a Christmas nog. The thing they have in common is that very little of it will be original material. Rather, it will complie earlier releases designed to create a nostalgic glow for the listener.
Gallagher's group mixes it up a bit with a play list peppered by traditional stuff, religious and tunes, and church going material which started out as pop hits and which have now been moving toward the traditional category with the passage of time. Gallagher's quartet recorded this disc in the studio, following up their latest album, "Sweet Potato Eyebrows". As with his earlier material and with the change in music style, Gallagher continues to prove he his is a hardhitting pianist with plenty of go get them rhythm and lyricism. Whether it be playing a block chord version of "O Holy Nigh", or one of his originals or the National Public Radio traditional verses, "Sing We Now of Christmas", the joy, pathos, exuberance which is generally propagated by a much larger group comes through.
Paul Thompson's bass makes some very high level, listenable, ear catching bass noises on this cut.
This is a Class A CD released by some very first classy performers and is totally recommended.
Track Listing: 1. Sleigh Ride 2. The Little drummer Boy
3. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing 4. Holly and the Ivy
5. O Come All Ye Faithful 6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
7. O Holy Night 8. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
9. Let it Snow 10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
11. A Child Is Born 12. Sing We Now of Christmas 13. Silent Night
Personnel: Rick Gallagher - piano; Paul Thompson - bass;
Thomas Wendt - drums; George Jones - percussion
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz
I was first exposed to Jazz when a couple of dear friends of mine turned me onto it around 1971. I was already into Progressive music, R n' B, Soul, Motown, Latin Rock and other styles that were a great ladder to Jazz.
Being a Musician myself, (Lead Guitar/Bass Guitar), I studied at the Dick Grove School of Music with Dick Grove, Jeff Richman and Lee Ritenour. This was around '84-'85. I started playing the Guitar in November 1967. Playing Guitar came quite naturally to me thank goodness. Though I spent hours upon hours practicing while my school buddies were doing Sports.
It was in the early '70s that I really got into Jazz, Jazz Rock, Jazz Fusion and World Music. Seeing Weather Report, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, John McLaughlin and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, RTF, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, VSOP, Freddie Hubbard and so many, many more amazing artists opened my eyes to the beauty and eloquent nature of Jazz. I really love the brilliant ensemble playing that is in Jazz!!
When I play and write music, it blends so many style together. Many fans ask me why my playing sounds so jazzy. It's because I understand Blue Notes, the phrasing, the tonality, time signatures and more. I can also play Rock, Folk, Soul, R n' B and other styles too. I seem to gravitate more and more as I get older to a jazzier style. Currently I'm 62 years old. I have released 2 CDs world-wide. Working on my 3rd.
I also teach Guitar/Bass/Music Theory to my students. They range from 6 years old to much, much older. (I was hired by the City of Aurora, CO to teach ages 6-13 specifically). Currently I teach 41 children in 5 classes. Additionally another 7 private students.
My wife, Meesh, and I love Jazz dearly. It was one of the things that we share together!
Most of the people that I know today do not get jazz. I try to explain what to listen for, but many times the music of Jazz is a bit much for them. So be it.
In a nutshell, I live, breath and listen to Music 24/7. No TV except the Food Channel and Weather.
I love John Kelman's articles. They are so insightful and well-constructed!
Thank you all for doing what you do.