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Mr. Christmas

by Andrew Pawlak

Christmas Songs both old and new, featuring the sound of Dixieland and big band trumpets, enhanced with clarinet, alto-tenor & baritone sax. The CD features a variety of vocalists, featured on each song.
Genre: Holiday: Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Walking in the Snow
2:08 $0.99
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (feat. Rob McMahon)
2:53 $0.99
3. No Place Like Home for the Holidays (feat. Jim Rutkowski, Paul Mocek & Neil Tucholski)
4:29 $0.99
4. New Years Eve Waltz
3:07 $0.99
5. The Little Road to Bethlehem (feat. Jim Mackiewicz)
2:45 $0.99
6. Louisiana Christmas Day (feat. Marie Gury, Andy Gury, Vic Favot & Randall Favot)
2:56 $0.99
7. Cicha Noc (Silent Night) [feat. Rob McMahon, Paul Mocek, Jim Rutkowski & Eric Hite]
3:26 $0.99
8. O Come O Come Emanuel (feat. Randy Krajewski)
5:15 $0.99
9. A Holly Jolly Christmas (feat. David Kish)
2:01 $0.99
10. The Friendly Beasts (feat. Rob McMahon, Jim Rutkowski, Randy Krajewski, Dan Gury & Eric Hite)
3:24 $0.99
11. Wesołych Świąt (Mele Kalikimaka) [Say Merry Christmas] [Polish Version] [feat. Dan Gury, Matt Gury, Marie Gury, Andy Gury & Jim Wozniak]
2:31 $0.99
12. It's That Time of Year (feat. Randy Krajewski & Paul Mocek)
4:12 $0.99
13. My Favorite Things (feat. Eric Hite)
6:46 $0.99
14. Cantique De Noël (O Holy Night)
4:16 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
1. “Walking in the Snow” – Paw Prints Publishing [written and arr.by A.Pawlak]
FEATURED: Andrew Pawlak (vocal, trumpet), Matt Gury (drums, bass guitar), Randy Krajewski (accordion), Dan Gury (accordion, piano)
Composed by Andrew Pawlak in 1993 this song illustrates the magic of the Christmas season and young love.

2. "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” [Arr.by A.Pawlak]
FEATURED: Rob McMahon (vocal), Matt Gury (drums, bass guitar) Dan Gury (accordion, piano) and The Hit Squad*
First published in 1833 as an English Christmas carol by William B. Sandys. (although the author is unknown.) The carol was written as a direct reaction to the church music of the 15th century but recent findings suggest its origin is actually in the mid-18th century.

3. "(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays" [Arr. by A. Pawlak]
FEATURED: James Rutkowski (vocal), Paul Mocek (alto sax), Dan Gury (accordion, piano), Andrew Pawlak (trumpet), Matt Gury (drums, bass guitar)
Music written in 1954 by Robert Allen and lyrics by Al Stillman.

4. “New Year’s Eve Waltz” Paw Prints Publishing [written and arr.by A.Pawlak]
FEATURED: Andrew Pawlak (vocal, trumpet), Matt Gury (drums, bass guitar), Dan Gury (accordion, piano)
Written by Andrew Pawlak in 2011 this song is a depiction of a New Year’s ever celebration with that someone special in your life.

5. “The Little Road to Bethlehem” [Arr. by A. Pawlak]
FEATURED ARTIST: Andrew Pawlak (vocal, trumpet), Randy Krajewski (concertina), Jim Mackiewicz (clarinet), Matt Gury (drums, bass guitar), Dan Gury (accordion, piano)
A poem written by Margaret Rose (around 1936), as a carol inspired by the sight of lambs in the field at sunset in North Weald, Essex. In 1946, Michael Head wrote the melody to accompany the lyrics.

6. “Louisiana Christmas Day” [Arr.by D.Gury]
FEATURED ARTIST: Marie Gury (vocal), Vic Favot (tenor sax), Randall Favot (bari sax), Andy Gury (bass guitar, acoustic guitar), Matt Gury (drums), Dan Gury (accordion, piano), Andrew Pawlak (trumpet)
Written in 1993 by songwriter, Jim Cox, and originally recorded by Aaron Neville.

7. "Silent Night" (Polish: Cicha noc, święta noc ) - [Arr.by A.Pawlak]
FEATURED ARTIST: James Rutkowski (vocal), Eric Hite (vocal, keyboard), Rob McMahon (vocal), Paul Mocek (alto sax)
Composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in Austria First performed during the mass on the night of December 24 at the St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village on the Salzach river.

8. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” [Arr.by A.Pawlak]
FEATURED ARTIST: Randy Krajewski (vocal, accordion), Matt Gury (drums, bass guitar, didgeridoo), Dan Gury (accordion, piano) and The Hit Squad*
a mid-19th century translation by John Mason Neale and Henry Sloane Coffin of the Ecclesiastical Latin text "Veni, veni, Emmanuel". It is a metrical version of the O Antiphons from the final week of Advent vespers and now serves as a popular hymn. Its origins are unclear.

9. “Holly Jolly Christmas” [Arr.by A.Pawlak]
FEATURED ARTIST: David Kish (vocal), Dan Gury (accordion, piano), Matt Gury (drums, bass guitar), Andrew Pawlak (trumpet)
Written in 1965 by Johnny Marks who wrote many holiday standards, including this favorite from the 1964 NBC/Rankin-Bass TV Production of Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer

10. "The Friendly Beasts" [Arr.by A.Pawlak]
FEATURED ARTIST: Andrew Pawlak (narrator, trumpet), Randy Krajewski (donkey), Dan Gury (cow, accordion, piano), James Rutkowski (sheep), Eric Hite (dove), Rob McMahon (camel), Matt Gury (drums, bass guitar)
Originated in 12th-century France, set to the melody of the Latin song "Orientis Partibus" with English words written by Robert Davis in the 1920s.

11. “Say Merry Christmas” (Wesolych Swiat) [Arr.by D.Gury]
FEATURED ARTIST: Dan Gury (vocal, accordion, piano), Jim Wozniak (violin), Matt Gury (drums, bass guitar), Andrew Pawlak (trumpet)
Originally written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson as "Mele Kalikimaka" a Hawaiian-themed Christmas song, The songs title is from the Hawaiian phrase, "Mele Kalikimaka," meaning "Merry Christmas". Dan Gury re-wrote the lyrics attributed here.

12. “It’s That Time of Year”
FEATURED ARTIST: Randy Krajewski (piano, keyboard, vocal), Paul Mocek (tenor sax), Matt Gury (drums), Dan Gury (background vocal)
Written by Randy Krajewski as a reflection on his favorite time of year growing up in North Toledo

13. "My Favorite Things" [Arr.by A.Pawlak]
FEATURED ARTIST: Eric Hite (vocal, piano-vibraphone solo), Matt Gury (drums, bass guitar), Dan Gury (accordion, piano) and The Hit Squad*
Originally from the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” the song's main melody is derivative of Edvard Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King, particularly in its repetitive simplicity and its minor key.

14."O Holy Night" ("Cantique de Noël") [Arr.by A.Pawlak]
FEATURED ARTIST: Andrew Pawlak (trumpet), Eric Hite (piano, keyboards), Matt Gury (drums), and The Hit Squad*
Composed in 1847 by Adolphe Adam (and John Sullivan Dwight) to the French poem by Placide Cappeau called "Minuit, chrétiens" (Midnight, Christians).

*The Hit Squad - Six (6) trumpets by Andrew Pawlak

Executive Producer: Andrew Pawlak
Recording studios: The Underground GURU of Dearborn, MI and Delmar Studio Toledo, OH
Mastered by: The Underground GURU
Chief Engineer: Matt Gury - The Underground GURU Dearborn, MI
1st Engineer: Dan Gury- The Underground GURU Dearborn, MI
2nd Engineer: Eric Hite- Delmar Studio Toledo, OH
Cover Design: Andrew Pawlak
Manufactured by: EasyDisc
Core Musicians: Andrew Pawlak (all trumpets and french horn),
Dan Gury (piano, keyboards and accordion), Matt Gury (drums,
auxiliary percussion, bass and didgeridoo).

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