John Findlay | In2 the Spirit

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In2 the Spirit

by John Findlay

16 exciting & original guitar driven jazz, blues and rock instrumental takes on Christmas Classics featuring world-class musicians!Featuring Keith Carlock (Ruder, Steely Dan,James Taylor), Will Lee (Brecker Bros.), Bill Payne (Little Feat).
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Drummer Boy
3:00 album only
2. The 12 Days
5:03 album only
3. The Christmas Song
4:30 album only
4. Silent Night
4:05 album only
5. Jingle Bells
4:18 album only
6. Santa Claus
2:59 album only
7. Carol of the Bells
4:20 album only
8. Midnight Clear
4:36 album only
9. Hark!
4:12 album only
10. Ye Faithful
5:26 album only
11. Good King
4:28 album only
12. Christmas Tree
4:34 album only
13. Ye Merry Gents
3:08 album only
14. (The Ghost Of) Blue Christmas
3:28 album only
15. Nu Lang Zyne
2:51 album only
16. Santa from the Top
2:52 album only


Album Notes
How it all began....
The "IN2 the Spirit" album project started out 'just for fun' one Christmas when I recorded an arrangement of Little Drummer Boy so I could teach it to my 7 year old son on drums and piano. After a few years, I had finished quite a few 'for fun' demos and friends & colleagues started requesting that I turn it into a "serious" Christmas album project....and....
now it has arrived! I've recorded with recorded some of the world's finest talent including Bill Payne from Little Feat, Will Lee from the David Letterman Show and Keith Carlock drummer for Sting, James Taylor and Steely Dan.


John Findlay-guitars.keys.synth.programming.


Keith Carlock-2-6-12
Joel Rosenblatt-7-9-10-11
Rick Gratton-4-5
Mark Kelso-1
Larnell Lewis-3-8-14-15
Davide Direnzo-13


Will Lee-1-2-12
Scott Alexander-3-4-5-6-7-8-13-14
Ric Fierabracci-9-10-11


Bill Payne-2
George Whitty-13
Gord Sheard-5-6-7-10-14


Lou Pomanti-2-4-5-8
Rob Gusevs-1-7-9-12.


Jim Tait-acoustic guitar-4
Chris Taylor-guest solo-10
Chuck D’Aloia-guest solo-4
Harry Jacobson-guest solo-9

Harmonica: Roly Platt-2


Rosendo "Chendy" León-2-10
Giran Findlay-1


John Johnson, Perry White, Dave Dunlop, Jason Logue,
Kevin Turcotte, Doug Gibson-2-5-9-12
?John Johnson,Dave Dunlop-8-10-15

Arranged & re-composed by John Findlay.
Horn arrangements by Jim Tait.
Produced by John Findlay & Chris Taylor.
Mixed by John Findlay, Chris Taylor & George Whitty.
Mastered by George Whitty.

John Findlay’s guitars recorded at Sue’s Farm House,Lanark.
Recorded at Desert Fish Studios,Toronto by Jeff Wolpert, assisted by Sydney Galbraith.
Keith Carlock & Will Lee recorded at Dubway Studios, NY by Chris Abell.
Ric Fierabracci recorded at Ric’s House,L.A.
Joel Rosenblatt recorded at Cliffsound Studio,NY.
Gord Sheard recorded at The DriveShed,Toronto by John Bailey, assisted by Taylor Kernohan
(except track 6 recorded at Desert Fish Studios).
Chendy’s percussion recorded at BackBone Studios,Toronto by Patrick Kahn.
Roly Platt recorded at Roly’s Home.
Chris-Chuck & Harry recorded in the comfort of there own home around the Christmas Tree.
Mastered by George Whitty.



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Vince Maccarone Los Variants

Damn these flying guitars!
When I first heard "In2 The Spirit", I was immediately struck by the incredible musicianship, writing and arranging. Christmas will never be the same! John Findlay is a brilliant musician and this CD deserves to be recognized globally as the GO-TO odd time and groove monster Christmas music CD. I whole heartedly recommend buying it and look forward to changing things up when the family gathers around for Christmas carols.

Vince Maccarone
Los Variants


Buy this disc thank me later
If you are looking for a cool take on holiday classics look no further, if you happen to be a guitar player buy 2 copies just in case it is possible to wear out mp3's. Just fantastic playing and arrangements of christmas standards from John Findlay. If you know a guitar player buy him/her this disc as a holiday present, actually you could buy it for any fan of great music. John Findlay is the real deal!! Highly recommended!


John Findlay is an absolutely scary guitar player right up there with the best of them, IMO, and he's put together some uniquely rocking arrangements of these standards that make me laugh with the ingenuity of them. Stellar rhythm sections on all the tracks including Billy Payne (!) from Little Feat on piano, but the star of this show is Findlay's playing. Plays a huge range of guitar, including slide like he's a real slide player, and there's a lot of it that makes me press the "back" button to hear it again. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Santas Littlehelper

No bah humbug here!
In2 the Spirit takes some of our favorite old Christmas chestnuts, roasts them over a jazz fire and adds a healthy dollop of the blues. In the process guitarist/arranger John Findlay has created an album that should be standard issue for anyone who fancies him/herself a guitar aficionado. Boasting all star line-up of players from across North America (hello Will Lee!), this is one stocking stuffer that even Scrooge would would want to rock out to. Bravo.