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Holiday 2017 III - Popular

Read "Holiday 2017 III - Popular" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Finally! We make it to the finish line of another year. Here are some popular Holiday music fare. David Ian Vintage Christmas Trio Prescott Records 2017 Pianist David Ian has made a cottage industry around mid-century piano-trio jazz, a la the Vince Guaraldi Mad Men cultural axis. Ian follows up a particularly fruitful 2014 Holiday Jon Estes who has been along for the since the beginning and drummer Josh Hunt who has ...

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David Ian: Vintage Christmas Trio

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You can see the snow gently drifting down through the sky, taste the eggnog, and feel the yuletide spirit gently wrapping its arms around you as Vintage Christmas Trio pleasantly glides on by. Building on a branding-savvy holiday portfolio that includes Vintage Christmas (Prescott Records, 2011) and Vintage Christmas Wonderland (Prescott Records, 2014), pianist David Ian delivers a stripped-down set of ten holiday chestnuts that values clarity and concision. While vocals factored into the earlier Vintage Christmas ...

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Holiday 2014: A David Ian Christmas

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Canadian David Ian is a space oddity. Embodied in a single musical psyche is one, a speed-metal guitarist shredding the Marshalls and two, a sensitive jazz pianist finely crafting holiday music circa 1960. Necessarily, Ian channels Vince Guaraldi, that quasar about which all holiday jazz music orbits. But he is no mere imitator, using his considerable talent for arranging to contemporize his performance. David Ian Vintage Christmas Prescott Records 2011

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David Ian: Valentine’s Day

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"A familiar world of jazz classics with the vintage feel..." Is it possible for jazz to have the same “historically-informed performance" preoccupation as classical music has since the 1970s?. This is not the same as the “period instrument" preoccupation of the same period in classical recording, though they do go hand-in-hand. “Historically informed" means the period performance practices are studied and applied today. Such rigorous attention does not exist in jazz as there are scores of artists trying to perform ...


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