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Stars & Stripes
     

Stars & Stripes

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by Canadian Brass
 
In Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America, the popular brass quintet serves up a program of the most famous patriotic tunes, including the Sousa march of the title and other marches and songs from United States history, and adds some Canadian pride at the end with a rendition of "O Canada." This is the kind of bright, upbeat

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In Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America, the popular brass quintet serves up a program of the most famous patriotic tunes, including the Sousa march of the title and other marches and songs from United States history, and adds some Canadian pride at the end with a rendition of "O Canada." This is the kind of bright, upbeat entertainment Canadian Brass excels at, and the arrangements of such standards as "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "America the Beautiful," and "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" are freshly conceived and in many cases made more stirring through the new presentation. Included also are medleys of the United States military anthems and patriotic songs by George M. Cohan, so there are actually more melodies than the number of tracks might suggest. There are a few touches of the group's characteristic humor, but because the mood of the album is overwhelmingly martial and often dignified, this is controlled and there are no silly hijinks to take away from the album's respectful tone. In addition to the familiar brass instruments, replica drums, and percussion appropriate to the respective historical periods are used, and the big sound of a marching band is approximated in many spots, thanks to resonant acoustics and exceptional recording and mixing.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/2010
Label:
Opening Day Ent
UPC:
0776143738222
catalogNumber:
7382
Rank:
108225

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Performance Credits

Canadian Brass   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Russ Hartenberger   Percussion,Drums
Robin Engelman   Cymbals
Bob Becker   Percussion,Drums
Ryan Scott   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Calixa Lavallée   Composer
Howard Cable   Arranger,Composer
Robin Engelman   Arranger,Composer,Liner Notes
Joseph S. Szurly   Liner Notes
David Martin   Arranger
Brandon Ridenour   Arranger
Mary Beth Daellenbach   Producer
Dixon Van Winkle   Executive Producer
American Traditional   Composer
Chris Coletti   Arranger
Philippe Fages   Engineer

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Stars & Stripes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Canadian Brass have conquered many genres of music in their storied careers, here they pay homage to their neighbors to the south - the USA - in a rousing album of patriotic songs, stirring marches and jubliant celebration! From the opening track, Stars & Stripes, the now-famous Canadian Brass sound is on full display. This brassy and fun album not only honors America but also offers a quick musical trip from colonial times to the civil war and then right up to today. The Brass is joined, possibly for the first time, by an excellent battery of percussion - members of the Toronto-based percussion group Nexus really make this album work and give it an extra zing. There is even a track that features the percussionists sans brass, which gives them plenty of room to show off their impressive stick-work. There is something for everyone to celebrate America by - the military anthems, two versions of Star Spangled Banner, the simple My Country 'Tis of Thee, Hail Columbia and America the Beautiful. All well known and all expertly arranged. The two marches, Stars & Stripes and National Emblem, are played with gusto and vigor. Shenandoah is a soaring tour de force. And as an added surprise, O Canada is also offered up - as a gift, it says, to Americans! Great packaging (love that retro cover!), plenty of notes and overall, another splendid edition to the Canadian Brass (and patriotic) discography. Go get this one!