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|Christmas Traditional, James Pierpont, Leroy Anderson|
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Classical
`Tis the season to add some rhythm to your holiday music collection! Koch International Classics is pleased to announce the release of This Christmas with Imani Winds, the first-ever holiday collection by Grammy-nominated ... more »
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`Tis the season to add some rhythm to your holiday music collection! Koch International Classics is pleased to announce the release of This Christmas with Imani Winds, the first-ever holiday collection by Grammy-nominated woodwind quintet Imani Winds. Rather than a sit-by-the-fireside holiday CD, the Imani's have assembled a toe-tapping Christmas album, with an all-star rhythm section to add to their swinging collection. Backed by pianist Jason Moran, James Genus on bass, Nate Smith on drums and percussionist Javier Diaz, this collection demands listening. From traditional treatments of Sleigh Ride and The Holly and the Ivy, to gospel-tinged arrangements of Go Tell It on the Mountain and Silent Night, This Christmas with Imani Winds is a collection of thirteen yuletide favorites with the spirit and elegance that define Imani Winds. This recording is sure to become a favorite holiday collection.
A Wonderfully Different And Delightful Christmas CD
Thomas D. Edwards | janesville, wi United States | 12/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Imani Winds is an African American Wind Quintet based in New York.
The are an amazing group as comfortable with classical as jazz.
And both styles are well represented in "This Christmas."
This Christmas features special guest artists Jason Moran, pianist, James Genus, bassist, Nate Smith, drummer and Javier Diaz, percussionist. and includes brand new arrangements by Imani Winds' own Valerie Coleman and Jeff Scott.
Nearly every track is a traditional "Christmas" tune but there is nothing traditional about the arrangements.
Silent Night is a bluesy, gospel approach with a touch of Duke Ellington thrown in.
The Holly And The Ivy is simply beautiful -- no one steps on anyone and yet, you hear every instrument entirely.
It is chic to cover ChristmasTime Is Here (from the Charlie Brown cartoon). And Imani WInds do cover it. But the arrangement is light and fun and certainly their own.
Go Tell It On The Mountain features a new orleans arrangement that would make wynton marsalis proud.
This is a beautiful CD. Simple and beautiful.
It's everything the YoYo Ma CD, Songs of Joy And Peace, should've been.