Andrew McAuley | A Very Kind Beats Christmas: The Music of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Interpreted

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A Very Kind Beats Christmas: The Music of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Interpreted

by Andrew McAuley

Ranging everywhere from funk and jazz to New Orleans second line and drum 'n bass, here's a new and refreshing spin on the classic music of Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas".
Genre: Holiday: Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. O'Tannenbaum
3:19 $0.99
2. What Child Is This?
2:08 $0.99
3. My Little Drum
3:59 $0.99
4. Linus and Lucy
2:51 $0.99
5. Christmas Time Is Here
4:27 $0.99
6. Skating (For the First Time)
4:17 $0.99
7. Hark, the Herald Angels Sing
1:01 $0.99
8. Christmas Is Coming
3:25 $0.99
9. Fur Elise
2:54 $0.99
10. The Christmas Song
3:15 $0.99
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Album Notes
This record is an extremely special labor of love that is guaranteed to turn your idea of what Christmas music could sound like upside down. In December of 2016, drummer/percussionist/educator, Andrew McAuley was inspired to put together a charity holiday record in an effort to raise funds for schools in need of music education programs, and his muse was the classic holiday album, Vince Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas".

"When I decided that I wanted to release an album covering his Christmas material, I thought it would be pointless to just lay down watered down versions of Vince's work. I mean, let's face it, nobody will ever be able to make those songs sound better. Never. That's when I came to the realization that even though I may not be able to perform the music better, I could most certainly play it differently. The real challenge was going to be arranging the songs, putting a trio together, finding a studio and then recording the material, all within the span of two to three weeks.

I called on my friend Jared Miller to man the bass guitar and we started working on some of the ideas with a keyboardist, but chronic unreliability soon left us without keys. That's when a friend of mine gave me keyboardist Dylan DeFeo's contact information and everything fell into place from there. It turned out that Dylan was not only an amazing player but he was also a huge fan of Guaraldi's music, making it much easier for him to pick up on all of the new arrangements. After a total of two short rehearsals as a trio, the music naturally fell together and it was time to record, which provided us with our next obstacle.

Trying to find a studio that is willing to record and mix an entire album in three days time (more like six hours a day) is beyond difficult. To find a studio willing to take on such a task two days before Christmas when the album must be ready for release on Christmas Day borders on straight up impossible. That's when Wayne Silver and his studio, The Ice Plant, miraculously answered the call. In three short but intense sessions, we were able to bang out all ten tracks and have them mixed down and ready for release.

I can't even begin to express how special this record is to me. Besides the fact that the music was an absolute joy to record, what excites me about this record the most is that it will help keep music education alive in schools that no longer have the budget for a music program. A sincere "thank you" to everyone who helped make this album happen and I truly hope you enjoy the music for many holiday seasons to come!"

Andrew McAuley

The Players:

Jared Miller - bass guitar
Dylan DeFeo - keys
Andrew McAuley - drums & percussion

Special Guests:

Ron DeFrancesco - surdo on "My Big Drums"
Nacim Valdes - surdo on "My Big Drums"
Joe McDonough - trombone on "Skating", trombone & tuba on "Fur New Or-Elise"
Dustin Beardsley - trumpet on "Skating" and "Fur New Or-Elise"
Kaori Kiki Nakajima - saxophone on "Skating" & "Fur New Or-Elise"



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Ivan Lychkov

Amazing music
I like this album a lot!! The sound goes from dark and moody to energized and groovy. The band is a very professional jazz band. VERY professional. But the main reason why I love this album is how inspired and innovative the arrangements and the performances are on each track. This kind of music is surely something that happens only once in a while!
I highly recommend this album to anyone who likes jazz... and to anyone at all! Surely a great Christmas listen.