John Mahoney Big Band – Christmas Joy


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Release Date:  2009

Label:  Independent


Track List

  1. Joy to the World
  2. Silent Night
  3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  4. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  5. O Little Town of Bethlehem
  6. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
  7. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow



On the “Christmas Joy” CD, the John Mahoney Big Band reinvents hymns and secular favorites as forward-thinking, hard-swinging modern jazz instrumentals.

Astral Project saxophonist Tony Dagradi illuminates a 13-minute “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” with an epic tenor solo. “Silent Night” is refitted with a fresh rhythm. “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” morphs from a chorale to a bolero. “O Little Town of Bethlehem” evolves from a 4/4 hymn to a 3/4 jazz waltz with bold trombones and saxophones. As Mahoney writes in the CD’s liner notes, “the celebration got a little rowdy in Bethlehem that night.”

With seasonal standards, “the melodies are always great,” says Mahoney, a trombonist and professor of jazz at Loyola University. “It’s easy to throw other stuff at it because it’s good to begin with. Just give it a couple of new twists and everybody goes, ‘Oh, I never thought of it that way.'”

Christmas has never sounded quite like this.

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