Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New York Voices Let It Snow! FCR 2013

Celebrating Christmas and their 25th Anniversary, Let It Snow seals the deal for the New York Voices as the premier jazz vocal ensemble!
Brent Black / www.bop-n-jazz/com

Granted the release does not street till October 29th but my gut feeling is that pre-ordering may not be a bad idea as Let It Snow should move quickly this season! Christmas releases can be predictable, over produced, commercial oriented hokum. With Let It Snow the New York Voices  take a meticulous approach to their craft and elevate their critically acclaimed talent to the next level. This release is the rare combination of tradition and modern ingenuity that has arrangements that are every bit as crucial to the success of the release as the artists themselves.

Traditional carols, secular favorites, a cappella, studio orchestra and big band ensembles allows Let It Snow to offer a little something special for everyone while keeping the tempo up and  making spirits bright! Roughly eight years in the making and the culmination of invaluable experience, Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Peter Eldrige are simply a delight. "We Three Kings" along with "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" are all pulled off with all the flair and panache that is Christmas in the Big Apple.

From a more reverent traditional approach to an unbridled swing to warm even a Grinch's cold heart this may be one of the finest Christmas releases to hit the street in some time. While founding member Damon Meader handles the bulk of the arrangement load, Don Sebesky, Jorge Calendrelli, Pat Hollenbeck and Michele Weir provide amazing assistance in putting together a release that is as well thought out and diverse as any regular studio recording.

An absolute must for your Christmas list!

Tracks: Let It Snow; Christmas Song / Christmas Time; O, Little Town Of Bethlehem; O Come, O Come, Emmanuel; We Three Kings; Holiday For Strings; Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Sleepers, Wake!; O Come, All Ye Faithful; The Merry Medley - I Wonder As I Wander, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Silent Night.

The New York Voice: Kim Nazarian, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader, Peter Eldridge