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Peace Round

by Yellowjackets

Holiday classics reimagined by one of jazz most beloved bands.
Genre: Holiday: Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Little Drummer Boy
5:24 $0.99
2. Silent Night
3:49 $0.99
3. Deck the Halls
5:22 $0.99
4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
5:10 $0.99
5. Peace Round
4:50 $0.99
6. The First Noel
5:51 $0.99
7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
4:53 $0.99
8. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
5:59 $0.99
9. Winter Wonderland
3:17 $0.99
10. In a Silent Night
3:33 $0.99
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Album Notes
The question has been posed countless times, "When are Yellowjackets going to make a Christmas album?" Although we’d previously contributed songs to three different holiday compilations, GRP Christmas Collection Vol III, Handel's Messiah, A Soulful Celebration, and He is Christmas by Take Six, we’d never made an entire Christmas recording on our own. We felt this was the right moment as the band has been very busy this year and the chemistry is particularly strong. When we get together to make music, there is little impediment to getting right into the “zone” Additionally, the exhilarating experience of self-producing our 2002 recording, Mint Jam, gave us the confidence and the knowledge to tackle this project.

Recording a Christmas collection poses some unique challenges. One must make these familiar Christmas songs personal but at the same time respect their original intent and the spirit of the season. We felt we could best do this by capturing lyrical and relaxed performances. We also wanted to render the songs as directly as possible with spare use of overdubbing. Therefore most performances are first or second takes and all but two are just the quartet live.

Almost all the songs we’ve chosen are familiar although a few twists and turns have been woven into the arrangements. The only song that may not be as familiar is the title song, Peace Round. This simple eight measure round seemed to be the perfect metaphor for the season. To quote our liner notes,

“A round begins with the statement of a theme by a single voice. As the theme is passed from one voice to the next, what began as a solitary voice, grows into a rich chorus. It is through song that many of our most cherished traditions are passed along. Might it be possible then for a yearning for peace to start with a single melody? It's heartening to be reminded that there is incredible power in one voice. Let it begin with a song or an idea that is picked up by a neighbor and passed on to a friend. Let that single voice swell into a harmonious chorus that gains strength with each repetition. During this season, rich in tradition, we celebrate the birth of Christ who was the embodiment of peace. We also celebrate the vitality of a single voice joined with that of other's to reshape our world. We humbly offer Peace Round as our wish for this and every season.”



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