If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.
You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...
The classic sounds of Christmas music are always a joy, and this season they are reinvigorated with the new release by jazz pianist Rick Gallagher. A talented musician, Gallagher received deserved acclaim and airplay for his debut recording Sweet Potato Eyebrows, which featured his own compositions as well as classics. With an approach in the Ellingtonian vein, he combines a fresh sound with a modern focus on swing and style.
A Sleigh, a Song, & a Baby Boy celebrates some of the many holiday favorites with his own vision. Gallagher's talented core of musicians return from his debut recording. The deep and full sound of bassist Paul Thompson continues to shine as he also gives strong solos on selections such as "Sing We Now Of Christmas" and "The Little Drummer Boy." Drummer George Jones keeps the band tight throughout the session with exquisite work from his kit, changing with the tempo and mood as needed. Percussionist George Jones adds his skill on a few selections with an assortment of instruments from bells to African drums.
Gallagher can swing with the best, but it's his delicate touch and arranging skills that separate him from the crowd. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is a quiet and very profound example of his smoothness, as his playing exhibits restraint, depth, and also expressive freedom. "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is just downright tight, showing off his compositional skills. The recording also features Gallagher in the solo spotlight on pieces such as "The Holly and the Ivy" and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." His interpretations range from the playful and airy opener, "Sleigh Ride," to the earthy and funky sounds of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." If you're looking for a nice mix of loved holiday classics wrapped in a discriminating jazz package, then look no further.
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 through my father who played professionally and nurtured me into music at a young age and had me playing guitar with his quartet in my early teens.
I switched to piano in my mid teens, and with a strong ear for music, managed to put myself through college playing and singing Jazz / Pop / Standards in the late '70s and early '80s in the Dallas, Texas area both as a solo performer as well as with groups.
I have built and operated a number of recording studios and enjoy writing, recording, producing, and performing live.
I also typically cover guitar and bass for my own projects.