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Songs of Winter
     

Songs of Winter

by Jeff Ball
 
Jeff Ball brings his musical hybrid of new age and Native American styles to the holiday season on Songs of Winter. As ever, Ball, playing the American Indian flute (or rather, many different ones, with the craftsmen credited on each track), takes off from the sound typical of the instrument, leading a new age quartet. Here, they tackle such familiar seasonal

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Jeff Ball brings his musical hybrid of new age and Native American styles to the holiday season on Songs of Winter. As ever, Ball, playing the American Indian flute (or rather, many different ones, with the craftsmen credited on each track), takes off from the sound typical of the instrument, leading a new age quartet. Here, they tackle such familiar seasonal standards as "Silent Night" and "Oh Come All Ye Faithful," along with a few originals. Typical of contemporary holiday albums, he has not restricted himself to actual Christmas songs, including the Beatles' "Across the Universe." "It just felt right and seemed to fit with the other seasonal music," he explains in the press materials. He also says that, in playing such tunes, he has had to expand the notes that can be played on the flute, which is not designed for the Western scale. "It took delicate finger work and breath work, playing half-hole and three-quarter-hole notes," he recalls. A purist might ask why, if he wanted to play Western pop music, he didn't just use a conventional flute and be done with it. But for a musician like Ball, crossing genres is the whole point. And he has been successful here in creating an album of music played on the American Indian flute that, for the most part, doesn't sound like it's being played on the American Indian flute, which is an accomplishment of sorts. It also makes for a pleasant record of mostly seasonal music in a new age style.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
Label:
RED FEATHER
UPC:
0658969101728
catalogNumber:
691017

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Ball   Primary Artist,Indian Flute,Musician
Randy Ball   Dobro,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar,Musician
Ted Natale   Percussion,Drums,Tom-Tom,Djembe,Musician
Sennen Quigley   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Bells,Musician,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Lynn Bogovich   Handbells,Musician

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Writer
John Lennon   Composer
John Francis Wade   Writer
Paul Minor   Engineer
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   Author
Jeff Ball   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Public Domain   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Randy Ball   Arranger,Producer,Art Direction
Ted Natale   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Sennen Quigley   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Paul Brotzman   Executive Producer
Pastor John S. Dwight   translation
Robert Burns   Composer

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