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Tremendous Sound. Make no mistake, this is a BIG band disc. Carmichael's band bursts out all over the place with holiday cheer. His arrangements and bubbly and bright, providing a contemporary big band seasonal offering. The arrangements were originally used with another great big band, that of Stan Kenton's in 1961. This current disc was recorded live at Speer Studios in Nashville in 1997. A real treat for big band fans.
Track Listing: Joy to the World; Once in Royal David City; Silent Night; We Three Kings; Go Tell IT on The Mountain; Angels We Have Heard On Time; Caroling, Caroling; Sleigh Ride; The Holly and The Ivy; Christmas Medely; Good King Wencelas; God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman; Away in A Manger; O Come All Ye Faithful. (Total Playing Time 64:14).
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.