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m-pact: Carol Commission

Song NameComposerArranger
Caroling, CarolingAlfred BurtRandy Crenshaw
Dance Of The Sugar Plum FairyMichele Weir
Christmas Time Is HereRoger Treece
Little Drummer BoyMathew Selby
Jingle BellsApril Arabian-Tini
SnowfallJason A. Smith
O Come, O Come EmmanuelYumiko Matsuoka
Do You Hear What I Hear?Marco Cassone
De King Is Born TodayMorgan Ames
As December Fades AwayGates Thomas
Away In A MangerCedric Dent

Produced by Britt Quentin

The Seattle quintet m-pact is just one of the best - and hippest - contemporary groups on the scene today. With unerring musical discernment, they drafted some of the most savvy arrangers to collaborate with them on "A Carol Commission": Randy Crenshaw, Michelle Weir, Yumiko Matsuoka-Young, Morgan Ames, Cedric Dent (of Take 6) et cetera. This marriage of technique and talent has propagated a fusion sound: the harmonic nucleus of jazz, but with so much more. Of the six tracks available for preview at presstime, the standouts are the "Little Drummer Boy," arranged by m-pact's own Matthew Selby; marked with vocal percussion, it has a retro seventies funk feel, a feel associated with the seventh and major/minor third of the blues pentatonic scale, which can be readily heard in the Motown-influenced bass line. "Caroling, Caroling," arranged by Randy Crenshaw, toys with meter amongst the parts, moving in and out of straight time and varying the rhythmic accents in unexpected places, like the handclap on the four, not the one of the beat. "Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy" is incredible: a hip-hop jazz interpretation of this classical standard. "A Carol Commission" is an audacious project of most challenging musical caliber!

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Harmony Sweepstakes National Champions 1996

Item code: 2186C | 1 CD | $14.98 |add item to cart
Vocal Jazz  | A Cappella | Male | United States
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