Thursday, October 2, 2014

Peter Furler Christmas Prescott 2014

 
Peter Furler simply crushes Christmas with a timeless classic!
 
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
You may celebrate something other than Christmas or...nothing at all. I celebrate Christmas and Grammy nominated Australian singer / songwriter Peter Furler puts a retro cool spin on the reason for the season with perhaps the best Christmas release for the year. The featured pianist David Ian is far more than an accompanist but instead a magician of counterpoint allowing Furler's introspective yet old school cool style to shine through for a truly memorable release.
 
There is a nuanced global riff with influences rolling in from Armenia, Lebanon, and South Africa yet the traditional flavor of the holidays remains. Furler has a smooth vocal style with a slight buttery finish that sets his approach apart from the run of the mill vocalists that seem to permeate the market place. You know the tunes..."It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" along with "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Silent Night." As cool as the other side of the pillow!
 
Whether you are looking for a more traditional recording, a vintage sound or that perfect release for the Christmas Eve vigil, Peter Furler brings us tidings of great joy!
 
 
Tracks: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; It Came Upon A Midnight Clear; We Three Kings; O Come O Come Emmanuel; Spoken Word Ancient Writings; O Come All Ye Faithful; What Child Is This?;  Spoken Word Christmas Story; Little Drummer Boy; Silent Night.
 
Personnel: Vocals: Peter Furler; Piano/Guitar: David Ian; Upright Bass: John Estes; Drums/Percussion: Josh Hunt; Violins: Elizabeth Estes, Louisa Saaklan; Cello: Matt Nelson, Jon Estes; Duduk: Grigori Petrosyan; French Horn: John Painter.