GREGG KARUKAS — Home for the Holidays

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3.00 | 2 ratings | 1 review
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Album · 1993

Tracklist

1. The Little Drummer Boy (3:51)
2. Silent Night/Oh Tannenbaum (3:47)
3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (5:32)
4. Winter Wonderland (3:16)
5. There's A Star On The Horizon (4:33)
6. We Three Kings Of Orient Are (3:58)
7. The Christmas Song (5:09)
8. Greetings Of The Season (3:47)
9. Home For The Holidays (3:06)
10. Jingle Bells (3:41)
11. Still (5:08)
12. White Christmas (3:49)

Total Time 47:37

Line-up/Musicians

- Gregg Karukas / acoustic piano
- Shelby Flint/ vocals
- John Leftwich / acoustic bass
- Joel Taylor / drums

About this release

Nightowl Records ‎– NRD44441-2 (US)

Recorded live in the studio and mixed at Nightowl Studios on 05 and 06 June 1993

Thanks to kazuhiro for the addition and snobb for the updates

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Amilisom
'Tis the season for a Christmas album review!

I was given this album by a friend of mine, in which I had negative expectations for it after they told me this musician was pretty big in the smooth jazz world. I started listening, and was actually a little surprised at what I heard.

Even though Gregg Karukas is a pop/smooth jazz pianist, he still is capable of swinging and playing pretty good solos. Granted, many of the tracks on this album do draw influences from pop and rock music but the musicianship and talent expressed here is worth getting a listen from those who would ordinarily shy away from pop-influenced jazz.

Then there's the vocalist, Shelby Flint. Sounding more on the Karen Carpenter side of music than jazz, Flint's voice is sufficient for this setting. Her sound is breathy and laid back, and is capable of doing so even when the music is up-tempo and intense. She even takes a semi-decent scat solo on "Winter Wonderland", the album's best tune.

Despite everything positive I've written so far, this album has its weak moments here and there. There's less improvisation on the ballads, which have a tendency to become boring.

The arrangements for the famous Christmas songs themselves are pretty good. Some have been reharmonized for the sake of sounding more like jazz in a way that isn't too noticeable.

6/10

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