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Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet honor the Christmas Season with a thoughtful collection of standard and not-so-standard melodies of the Christmas Season. Fragile Incarnation is a collection of non-secular carols presented with a swinging and reverent style. All of the songs had their origin in the Christian Tradition and all translate very well to the jazz vernacular in the hands of the capable Mr. Carter. "Sussex Carol" and "Coventry Carol" retain their characteristic Celtic bounce, while "Angels From The Realm of Glory" has a New Orleans feel one would expect from, say, Wynton Marsalis. The only carol that Mr. Carter took liberty with is "God Rest, Ye Merry Jazzmen," combining New Orleans, Chicago, New York, Big Band Swing, and Hard Bop all into the same eggnog. A splendid holiday gift.
Track Listing: Sussex Carol; Angels From The Realm Of Glory; Lwt All Mortal Flesh Keep
Silence; What Child Is This; Coventry Carol; O Little Town Of Bethlehem;
Angels We Have Heard On High; Creator Of The Stars Of Night; God Rest
Ye, Merry Gentlemen; Gift For The Shepards; Of The Father
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.