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Tidings of Groove

by Edgar Gabriel's Stringfusion

New and exciting versions of classic holiday songs, plus two originals by violinist Edgar Gabriel and his band StringFusion in the styles of jazz, funk, fiddle, blues, R & B, rock and classical music.
Genre: Holiday: Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hark the Herald Angels Swing
3:09 $0.99
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4:54 $0.99
3. Jingle Bells
4:42 $0.99
4. Jolly Old Canon
4:08 $0.99
5. Greensleeves (What Child Is This)
5:31 $0.99
6. December Moon
5:05 $0.99
7. O Tannenbaum, O Christmas Tree
3:59 $0.99
8. Carol of the Bells
6:19 $0.99
9. Silent Night
4:55 $0.99
10. I Have a Little Dreidel Hoe Down
2:44 $0.99
11. Coventry Carol
3:20 $0.99
12. Deck the Halls with Funk
5:53 $0.99
13. Boogie in the New Year
4:26 $0.99
14. We Three Kings of Orient Are (Live)
4:20 $0.99
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Album Notes

Edgar Gabriel’s StringFusion’s “Tidings of Groove” is a fun and refreshing brand new holiday album in the styles of jazz, rock, classical, country, funk and blues by violinist Edgar Gabriel. Sean Harris, Maggie Bynum, Ben Johnson and Edgar sing on three of the 14 songs, the rest are instrumentals with wonderful improvisations. While this album is categorized as jazz, many of the songs can fall into other genres, such as rock, classical, country, blues, funk and R&B. There are so many musical elements in this album that there is something to grab the attention of any listener.

Violinist Edgar Gabriel opens with an exciting swing jazz version of “Hark the Herald Angels (Swing)”. The second track is a smooth-jazz funk groove of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”. Track 3 swings Jingle Bells as a different vocalist sings each verse; first Edgar then Sean Harris and Maggie Bynum on the last verse.

The fourth track takes another direction as the iconic Pachelbel’s Canon in D combined with the melody of Jolly Old St. Nicholas is turned into a rock ballad. A jazz version of Greensleeves is next, played in 5/4 time reminiscent of Dave Brubeck’s "Take 5". Track 6 “December Moon” is an original smooth jazz tune by Edgar sure to warm you up in the cold December months or any time of the year.

Vocalist Sean Harris is featured on track 7. He begins with a beautiful traditional rendition of “O Tannenbaum” sung in the original German, then swings it in English ‘Sinatra’ style. Danny Seidenberg penned the wonderful string arrangement, which uses only violin & viola. Track 8 begins with a classical baroque violin improvisation, then transitions into a heavy metal rock version of “Carol of the Bells”.

“Silent Night” is next as track 9 takes the album into a relaxing urban gospel groove. In track 10, the band along with master mandolinist Don Stiernberg, displays its versatility as a burning bluegrass ensemble for a hoe down version of the classic Hanukkah “Dreidel Song”.

Track 11 is a duet of violin and guitar as Edgar and guitarist Ron Steta exchange classical improvisations on the “Coventry Carol”. Then track 12 becomes very funky as the ancient Welsh carol is turned into “Deck the Halls with Funk”.

Track 13 is an original New Years song written by Edgar Gabriel entitled “Boogie in the New Year”, fantastically sung by drummer Ben Jammin Johnson with backup vocals by Maggie Bynum. This tune opens with the traditional ‘Auld Lang Syne’ as a funky New Orleans New Years Eve party boogie.

The last track, 14, was recorded live in 2012 at Harper College. Pianist Kevin O’Connell arranged this postmodern jazz version of “We Three Kings of Orient Are”.

Edgar Gabriel’s StringFusion

Edgar Gabriel - violin, electric violin, vocal 3
Kevin O’Connell – all pianos and keyboards
Ben Jammin Johnson – all drums, vocal 13
Michael Levin – all saxophones, clarinet, flute
Stevie Doyle – guitar 2, 4, 6, 10, 12, 13, 14, dobro 10
Ron Steta – guitar 8, 11
Scott Mason – double bass 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 14 bass guitar 2, 6
Tony Mhoon – bass guitar 4, 8, 10, 12, 13
Danny Seidenberg – viola 4, 7
Sean Harris – vocals – 3, 7
Maggie Bynum – vocals 3, 13
Don Stiernberg - mandolin 10
(numbers denote tracks played/sung)

“December Moon” by Edgar Gabriel ©1997 (ASCAP)
“Boogie in the New Year” - lyrics & music by Edgar Gabriel ©2016 (ASCAP)
“We Three Kings” arranged by Kevin O’Connell
“O Tannenbaum/O Christmas Tree” string arrangement by Danny Seidenberg
All other musical arrangements by Edgar Gabriel and StringFusion

Tracks 1-13 recorded and mixed by Dennis Tousana for Absolute Audio, at Soundmine Studios in Chicago, July - October 2016
Track 14 recorded (live at Harper College December 2012) and mixed by Robert Marshall of the Cave Recording
Mastered by Trevor Sadler, Mastermind Productions

Professional photography by Steven Handwerker – cover, back and inside.
Additional professional photography by Brian Mellen, Bruce Williams and Lucas Anti – inside.
Artwork and graphic design by Steve Underwood

This record is dedicated to my wonderful family Melissa, Annabel and Josef.
©P2016 Edgar Gabriel Inc.
Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws. All Rights reserved.
StringFusion® is a registered service mark of Edgar Gabriel Inc.



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