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by Todd Beaney & John M. Dolan

Fifteen imaginative settings, for trumpet and piano, of classic hymns in contemporary styles, ranging from rhythm-and-blues to joyous swing to meditative lyricism to funky jazz. There is something for everyone in this surprising collection!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. O Worship the King
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2. Be Thou My Vision
3:37 $0.99
3. Down at the Cross
3:27 $0.99
4. On Jordan's Stormy Banks
2:51 $0.99
5. Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
2:46 $0.99
6. Jesus Loves Me
4:43 $0.99
7. Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
2:48 $0.99
8. 'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
3:03 $0.99
9. Sunshine in My Soul
3:10 $0.99
10. Crown Him With Many Crowns
4:20 $0.99
11. When Morning Gilds the Skies
3:50 $0.99
12. Sweet By and By
3:01 $0.99
13. O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus
6:03 $0.99
14. This Is My Father's World
3:38 $0.99
15. Spirituals Medley
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Album Notes
Hymns don't hold the place in today’s Christian church they once did. Reasons, some legitimate, are not hard to find: dreary renditions, old-fashioned lyrics, lack of a beat, each generation's fascination with novelty. But the greatest hymns are unrivaled among congregational worship music in lyrical and musical craftsmanship, and they have a melodic and harmonic depth and suggestiveness inviting creative reinterpretation. Hymns at their best open the door to joyous, awestruck worship while forging links across generations of worshipers.

This album is a tribute to the multi-faceted, gem-like excellence of the Christian hymn, to its enduring vitality, beauty, expressiveness, and adaptability. May these arrangements help to stimulate or rekindle in you an excitement for hymns as a means of worship and delight.



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Wonderful Christian music with contemporary styles
"Facets" is the latest release from the talented duo Todd Beaney and John M. Dolan. It is a wonderful contemporary Christian album recorded mostly with the piano and the trumpet, and is filled with these instruments playing beautiful hymns in a variety of fashions. "Jesus Loves Me" is a toe-tapping number, with a solid jazz backbone and crisp trumpet playing that is amiable and upbeat. "When Morning Gilds the Skies" is a dulcet number in which we hear the piano reflectively talk and the trumpet alluringly croons. "Down at the Cross" is a song that has a little bit of Dixie-jazz feel to it and is infectiously upbeat. "Facets" is an album that is perfect for those who enjoy Christian hymns, but would like to hear a novel and creative approach to this. It also, on its own, is a great collection of jazzy, funky, and introspective examples of the combination of skillful trumpet and piano playing.