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Expressions Of Instrumental Worship

by John Carlson

Some of the best, most creative Christian jazz arrangements of classic worship songs you'll hear. All sax driven, from upbeat and celebratory to thoughtful and meditative, the styles include jazz-fusion, smooth jazz, big band, rock and acoustic.
Genre: Spiritual: Instrumental Gospel
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lord I Lift Your Name On HIgh
4:00 $0.99
2. I Love You Lord
5:15 $0.99
3. Thy Word
3:59 $0.99
4. How Majestic Is Your Name
4:17 $0.99
5. Good To Me
4:46 $0.99
6. How Excellent Is Thy Name
3:30 $0.99
7. There Must Be A Place Called Heaven
4:37 $0.99
8. Cry of My Heart
3:32 $0.99
9. I Will Bless the Lord
3:27 $0.99
10. He's Got the Whole World In His Hands (feat. Kirk Whalum)
3:38 $0.99
11. Sweet Presence of Jesus
4:21 $0.99
12. Your Everlasting Love
3:56 $0.99
13. Jésus
3:57 $0.99
14. Show Me Your Ways
5:02 $0.99
15. O Sacred Head Now Wounded
4:57 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
"Want a recipe for an enjoyable listening experience? Start with a full cup of smooth jazz, add a dash of big band swing, then sprinkle in a few ounces of absolutely beautiful "inspirational" arrangements that will fill up your soul"... these are fresh jazz arrangements of some of your favorite praise and worship songs"

- Rich Germaine - Gospel Jazz on the Jazz Radio Network.

"You've just GOT to listen to it! Great CD, Lots of great talent!

- Steve Thorn/

John Carlson knew he wanted to be a musician from the young age of 11 years old. With a degree in Saxophone Performance from Northern Illinois University, he worked as a professional musician in Chicago before being invited by a friend in 1987 to attend services at Willow Creek Community Church, on of the largest and most innovative churches in the country. John committed his life to Christ that same year, and it was then that God planted a vision for him to serve the church with his music. John served on staff at Willow for 10 years. His arrangements and playing have been used and heard in churches worldwide. John has also served at churches in Dallas Texas, and presently is Instrumental Music Director at Parkview Church, Iowa City, Iowa.



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Rocky Barra

A Must Have
Great Stuff. I've been listening to John's musical arrangments for years. Every song is a different, tasteful quality product that stands on it's own.

Living Word Christian Fellowship

Excellent for any serious musician
I would highly recommend this CD be a staple in any serious church musician's library, if for no other reason than to use as a backdrop for your own personal worship time. It is anointed and full of power!!
Thanks John!

Robert Amend, Saxophonist/Music educator, Germany

Funky, Soulful Praise & Soothing Spiritual Worship Tunes for the Modern Church
Knowing and performing with John first back in 1983, for me it has been a real treat to enjoy these worshipful works of art again and again. In Germany and Austria these Songs spread rapidly via CD and John's arrangements have been played everywhere from small local churches to large arts & music conferences. My jazz ensemble students played He's Got the Whole World back in 2000. Thanks John for re-issuing the CD - we'll keep on groovin' in the Spirit!

Dave Miller

Great Stuff...
These instrumental tracks have been favorites of mine for quite some time. John brings not only excellent musicianship, but incredible arrangements of the timeless songs of the faith. Perfect with a nice dinner or as walk in music for your local gathering, this is one for the collection of all jazz fans.

Jeff Mullen usual.
John's playing is at it's best on this project. If you're a sax or jazz fan you will enjoy the creativity and passion on this CD.

Saunders Jones / director Etowah Jazz Society

Thanks again for these songs.....
A wonderful compilation of Christian music presented with enough of a jazz touch to entertain and enough of the soulful sounds of John to delight ones spirit. He plays with a command of the horn that few master. His musical compatriots are equally as talented and well up to the task. This is truly a work of The Master thru one of his best spokesmen. Tasteful and smooth or rocking as needed, maybe this will help enlighten some souls for the Almighty. Great job, John, and thanks for re-releasing these great musical offerings. God Bless!!!

Nick DiGaetano

Enduring Heart Felt Instrumental Worship
The most amazing instrumental arrangements of popular Christian worship. It's not just music, it's an extremely talented musician's expression of love for his creator. It is my all time favorite CD first released by Willow Creek as the preludes and now by the artist himself. John takes "Show me your ways Lord" to a whole new level.

Jim Coates

Take a listen!
If heart felt worship is your thing, you need to give this CD a listen.

John manages to capture a little bit of several genres and play them out with conviction.

The production and arrangements are top quality and the performances are excellent.

Fans of both traditional and contemporary worship will find something to like on this CD... not to mention fans of jazz, pop and high quality instrumental music.

Knowing John, I can add that the heart behind the music is equally as stunning as its quality and is definitely heard in his performances.

Take a listen and see what you think!

Mark Freitas

Great mix of groovin' and chillin' tunes. I love it!
I've enjoyed these arrangements for years, both personally and in the churches I've served. Great to listen to, and really fun to play if you have a tight band. Highly recommended!!! Hope John keeps crankin' out more!

Bill Rutledge

Wonderful arrangements to listen to or perform!
John is a terrific instrumental arranger. I have downloaded some of the songs and arrangements from Willow Charts and have performed them with my praise band. Our team loves them. I'm so glad "Expressions of Instrumental Worship" is coming out. Now I can get the songs that I don't already have.
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