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Christmas Mystique

by Carol Albert

On Christmas Mystique, Carol Albert has created an atmospheric set of Holiday related music. She is the main soloist and adds her voice and piano in addition to arranging the music, playing the keyboard and contributing two original compositions.
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1. Mary Did You Know
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2. Christmas Without You
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3. Dreamer
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4. We Three Kings
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5. Come Emmanuel
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6. Carol of the Bells
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7. Deck the Halls
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8. Greensleeves
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9. Silent Night
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10. Christmas Time Is Here
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On Christmas Mystique, Carol Albert has created an atmospheric set of Holiday related music. She is the main soloist and adds her voice to a few of the numbers in addition to playing keyboards, arranging the music and contributing two originals.

Christmas Mystique is Co-Produced by Carol Albert and Trammell Starks. The product is an original and unique collection of Christmas favorites arranged by Carol. She also composed two new original works to add to this dreamy collection.

Trumpeter Darren English is a key member of the supporting cast on
several of the selections including the opening "Mary Did You Know" where he
interacts with Carol Albert's haunting voice. The leader's "Christmas
Without You" is a wistful original ballad that features some excellent playing from
guitarist Dan Baraszu. The pianist's other original, "Dreamer," has some
spoken word from Susan Bennett (the voice of Siri), fine flute contributed by Grammy Award Winner Wouter Kellerman,
and an effective quote from "Beautiful Dreamer" during the
classical-inspired arrangement.
"We Three Kings" is given a unique treatment with an appealing
groove, muted trumpet, and a melody that only emerges gradually during the
danceable performance. "Come Emmanuel" sounds quite exotic in this new
setting with a fine contribution from trumpeter English.
` The remaining five selections put the focus very much on Carol
Albert's melodic piano playing. "Carol Of The Bells" has a classical feel,
"Deck The Halls" is modernized quite effectively, and "Greensleeves" is
beautifully and thoughtfully played, sounding as if the pianist is thinking
aloud. After a relaxed and respectful treatment of "Silent Night," the
program concludes with a very sensitive solo piano rendition of "Christmas
Time Is Here."Christmas Mystique lives up to its title, a set full of subtle
creativity and quiet but often stirring interpretations of music related to
the holiday season. Carol Albert's CD is well worth several listens.

Scott Yanow, author of 11 books including The Great Jazz Guitarists, The
Jazz Singers, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76

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