Howard and Karen Pancoast | Christmas Sugar and Spice

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Christmas Sugar and Spice

by Howard and Karen Pancoast

Power Piano. Think Mannheim Steamroller without the whole band. Solo and duo piano stylings of familiar Christmas Songs that will grab your attention and not let go.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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  Song Share Time Download
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1. Fum, Fum, Fum!
Howard Pancoast
3:32 $0.99
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2. Ding Dong Merrily On High
Howard/Karen Pancoast
3:19 $0.99
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3. We Three Kings of Orient Are
Howard Pancoast
3:19 $0.99
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4. O Sanctissima
Howard Pancoast
3:19 $0.99
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5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Howard/Karen Pancoast
5:11 $0.99
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6. O Holy Night
Howard/Karen Pancoast
4:43 $0.99
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7. Jingle Bells
Howard Pancoast
3:24 $0.99
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8. O Come, O Come Immanuel
Karen Pancoast
3:54 $0.99
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9. Pat-A-Pan
Howard Pancoast
3:27 $0.99
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10. Ave Maria
Howard/Karen Pancoast
3:15 $0.99
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11. Joy to the World
Howard Pancoast
3:02 $0.99
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12. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Howard/Karen Pancoast
3:54 $0.99
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13. Hallelujah Chorus
Howard Pancoast
3:22 $0.99
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14. I Saw Three Ships
Karen Pancoast
2:55 $0.99
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15. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Howard/Karen Pancoast
1:52 $0.99
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
You may know all the carols, but you’ve never heard them this way!

When you’re stringing the Christmas lights, and the wind is howling, threatening a blizzard….....

When you’ve invited some friends over to party and want to liven up the room…....

When you can’t afford the tickets to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.....

When you’ve had it with the crowds in the shopping malls and just want to make it all go away…......

Just slip Christmas Sugar and Spice into your sound system for an exciting sound adventure through some favorite holiday tunes.

Howard and Karen grab your attention with their powerful chords, driving rhythms, and crisp clean sound. They love to improvise together on two pianos side by side. When one of them starts an idea, the other picks up on it and the result is magic.

This is Power Piano! Think Mannheim Steamroller without the rest of the band. Think Ferrante and Teicher on steroids

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Pop piano with a jazzy bent
Repeat after me, five times, very fast: "Howard and Karen Pancoast play power piano!" Not so easy, eh? Tongue-twisters aside, Howard and Karen Pancoast DO play power piano, and it's the sort of intense, gut-busting piano that you might expect from "Ferrante and Teicher on steroids" (as the Pancoasts themselves put it). This is pop piano with a jazzy bent, and Christmas Sugar and Spice presents joyous piano playing by this married couple, who clearly love creating music together.

The Pancoasts, both piano teachers, have done their own arrangements on 15 holiday classics, some for solo piano and some for duets. For the most part, the style is clean and forceful, even on the more delicate numbers. As a result, the Pancoasts consistently send the message of high energy and rich enjoyment. This is no sleepy little piano album, that's for certain.

Christmas Sugar and Spice often presents a driving bass beat with rippling overtones. The styles are quite varied, from the boogie woogie Jingle Bells to the stately Hallelujah Chorus and everything in between. I tended to favor the duo renditions and especially liked the Pancoasts' winning interpretation of Jolly Old St. Nicholas.

Howard and Karen Pancoast know the musical value of power piano and collaboration, and they generously share their holiday delight in Christmas Sugar and Spice. Sweet!

--Carol Swanson
(Reviewed in 2006)
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David and Brandt


A really wonderful holiday collection that is not like any other....sets a delightful tone that will certainly start your foot a tappin' and bring a smile to your face. Perfect as party background. It's also a grand accompaniment to decorating the tree. Thanks for sharing it with us H and K.
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Bobbie Hansen

Reallyl puts you in the spirit of the holidays
What a delightful way to hear the carols. I listened to it after the stress of shopping and 'elevator carols' in the stores and this was such a welcome sound.
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