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Christmas Morning

by Bob Baker

Come listen to the sounds of Christmas. The mystery and wonder of our Savior's birth. He came to Earth to save us, all because of Love. Jesus loves me, this I know, and He loves you too. May the music of Christmas encourage your heart this season.
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1. The First Noel (feat. Mark Baker & Todd Kelly)
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2. Away in a Manger (feat. Wayne Templeman)
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3. Christmas Morning
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4. What Child Is This? (feat. Mark Baker & Wayne Templeman)
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5. O Come O Come Emmanuel (feat. Mark Baker)
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6. Silent Night (feat. Mark Baker, Wayne Templeman & Todd Kelly)
4:22 $0.99
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7. O Come All Ye Faithful
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8. Hark the Herald Angels Sing (feat. Wayne Templeman & Todd Kelly)
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9. O Little Town of Bethlehem (feat. Wayne Templeman & Todd Kelly)
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10. I Heard the Bells / Joy to the World / Gloria in Excelsis (Medley) [feat. Wayne Templeman & Todd Kelly]
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
These arrangements and compositions were inspired by the joy of Christ living in my heart. Also, a few of my dear friends have joined me on this album (my cousin Mark Baker - flugelhorn, Wayne Templeman - cello, Todd Kelly - String Bass Programming, Darren Skanson - studio-cello, Chad Beall, with his magical engineering, Yamaha piano and studio and Crisanta Baker - artwork and cover design. A special thank you to Tim Baker for his last minute help and my beautiful wife Debbie for her inspiration and prayer. I hope you share the joy with me this Christmas, as you hear what the music has to say to you. In Jesus name, and with love, Bob.

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Kathy Parsons

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"Christmas Morning" is a collection of twelve Christmas carols (three are a medley) arranged and performed by Colorado pianist Bob Baker. Some of these traditional carols (and one original) are performed as piano solos and some feature Mark Baker on flugelhorn, Wayne Templeman on cello, and/or Todd Kelly on string bass programming. These beautiful arrangements are reverent, reflective and calming, celebrating the birth of Jesus rather than the coming of Santa Claus. It’s a very soulful album without a lot of flash or fanfare. Baker expresses sincerity and a quiet joy that flow through the music freely and effortlessly.

"Christmas Morning" begins with a gentle arrangement of “The First Noel.” After a solo piano intro, Mark Baker comes in making it a graceful trio for piano, flugelhorn and bass. Baker’s piano interludes are especially nice on this one! “Away In a Manger” is the first Christmas song many children learn and Baker’s sweet arrangement for piano and cello expresses that childlike tenderness, innocence and sense of wonder. I’m not familiar with “Christmas Morning,” so I assume it’s a Bob Baker original piano solo. Delicate and quiet, it also conveys a sense of excitement and anticipation. “What Child Is This?” is a trio for piano, cello, and flugelhorn. The harmonies are lovely and give this ancient song a different take. I especially like the cello and piano together. “O Come O Come Emmanuel” is one of the oldest carols, and is always one of my favorites. The first two minutes of this arrangement are solo piano, and then it becomes a duet for piano and flugelhorn with a slightly jazz feeling. “Silent Night” again features the quartet - dreamy, peaceful and evocative. This solo piano arrangement of “O Come All Ye Faithful” is both calming and spirited - not an easy thing to pull off, but Baker does it beautifully with some light jazz treatment that works well. “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” can take on a variety of stylings, and this one is a quiet trio for piano, cello and bass - smooth and graceful rather than triumphant. “O Little Town of Bethlehem” has a stately yet flowing tone with piano, bass, and cello. The closing track is a medley of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” “Joy to the World,” and “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” again performed on piano, bass, and cello - graceful and relaxing.

"Christmas Morning" would be a delightful addition to anyone’s collection of Christmas music!
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