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|Canadian Brass||Primary Artist, Ensemble|
|Russ Hartenberger||Percussion, Drums|
|Bob Becker||Percussion, Drums|
|Ryan Scott||Percussion, Drums|
|Howard Cable||Arranger, Composer|
|Robin Engelman||Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes|
|Joseph S. Szurly||Liner Notes|
|Mary Beth Daellenbach||Producer|
|Dixon Van Winkle||Executive Producer, Mastering|
Posted October 1, 2010
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!