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|Tim Warfield||Primary Artist|
|George Frideric Handel||Composer|
|J. Fred Coots||Composer|
|Alfred S. Burt||Composer|
Posted November 27, 2013
It’s that time of year when listeners are surfing the internet for Christmas music and saxophonist Tim Warfield answers the call presenting a Jazzy Christmas from Undaunted Music label. His bop-inspired interpretations of such popular classics as “Santa Claus is coming to Town” and “Little Drummer Boy” adorn the melodies with shimmering vibraphones and shuffling drumbeats while Warfield’s sax plays the main motifs. Joanna Pascale’s vocals on “Let It Snow” propel an infectious cheerfulness tethered to the Latin-tinged percussions that wiggle and saunter with a liberating spree. The sleigh-ride sounding bells fringing “Joy to the World” remain constant as Warfield improvises phrases on the sax.
Pascale returns on “Caroling, Caroling” with a vivacious spirit that mobilizes the jubilant mood as the soft tone of the piano keys halo Jamie Davis’s refined baritone register. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” is treated with an upbeat tempo that harnesses a boppish flapping in Warfield’s sax then coruscates a silky smoothness in “Snowfall” with the vibes and piano keys trickling delicately across the crystalline-tinting of the landscape. The album closes with “The Dreidel Song” converting the Hebraic melody into a jocular romper giving it secular features. Jazzy Christmas is Holiday music with elements of improvisation and bop-inspired fringes tweaking traditional family tunes.