Friday, October 5, 2012

Halie Loren & Matt Treder Many Times Many Ways Justin Time 2012

Tired of the same Christmas music? There is a somewhat fool proof recipe for a nice Christmas recording, if you check out a release only to find more than half the tunes are totally unfamiliar to you then odds are you stumbled upon a self indulgent holiday hot mess...

Halie Loren and pianist Matt Treader have re-launched their first seasonal recording four years later and while there are for many, four tunes that are not what one would consider "holiday favorites" Loren is such a dynamic talent that these tunes actually seem more like standards in waiting.

An intimate offering of piano and voice has Loren's smoldering vocals turn this release into a Christmas version of that sexy little black dress while Treder is a perfect partner with the zen like less is more approach of no notes wasted while offering up his own lyrically driven counterpoint to Loren's vocal magic. The two original instrumental compositions from Treder, "From The Mouths Of Babes" and "Sugar Cookies" play well in this wonderfully conceived and nicely laid out collection.

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Tracks: The Christmas Song; Winter Wonderland; Blue Holiday; Sugar Cookies; Let It Snow; Grown Up Christmas List; Home For The Holidays; Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Santa Baby; From The Mouths Of Babes; Nature Boy.

Personnel: Halie Loren: vocals; Matt Treder: piano.