We Need a Little Christmas – Isthmus Brass

We Need a Little Christmas – Isthmus Brass

Label: Summit Records

Catalog number: 737

Tracks:

> 01 We Need a Little Christmas
comp: Jerry Herman
> 02 Fantasy De Noël
comp: Traditional
> 03 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
comp: J.S. Bach
> 04 Fum, Fum, Fum
comp: Traditional
> 05 Russian Christmas Music
comp: Alfred Reed
> 06 Wexford Carol
comp: Traditional
> 07 Bugler's Holiday
comp: Leroy Anderson
> 08 Ave Maria
comp: Franz Biebl
> 09 Farandollissimo
comp: Georges Bizet
> 10 A Child is Born
comp: Thad Jones
> 11 Feliz Navidad
comp: José Feliciano
> 12 O Holy Night
comp: Adolphe Adam
> 13 Do You Hear a Little Drummer Boy
comp: Gloria Baker, Katherine Davis
> 14 Christmas Time is Here
comp: Vince Guaraldi
> 15 Frosty the Snowman
comp: Jack Rollins
> 16 What a Wonderful World
comp: Bob Thiele, George Weiss

For their second Christmas recording, the Isthmus Brass offer a diverse program of traditional carols, more contemporary holiday favorites, and works that are in the spirit and festive nature of the season. The arrangements, almost all of which have been created especially for the group by members of the Isthmus Brass, are designed to feature the ensemble and soloists in a rich variety of classical, popular and jazz styles. Experience the merriment, warmth, joy and peace of this time of year with the glorious sounds of music for brass!  When you “need a little Christmas” this collection of favorites, as well as music that may be new to you, answers the call.

Comprised of the finest professional brass players in the Midwest, the Isthmus Brass is Wisconsin’s premiere large brass ensemble. Established in 2009 (in Madison, Wisconsin).

Conducted by John Stevens!

 

REVIEW:

DOWNBEAT: FOUR STARS

“The 12-piece, Wisconsin-based Isthmus Brass delivers its second holiday album…Tuba player Mike Forbes and all the other horn players, along with drummer Keith Lienert, are Christmas music connoisseurs with jazz and classical backgrounds.  Serious beauty..sheer fun…thundering Gene Krupa-like drums.”

 

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