Michael Pag N: Keyboard Christmas

Michael Pagán: Keyboard Christmas
Title: Keyboard Christmas
Label: CD Baby

Pianist/composer Michael Paga´n displays a range of influences from Bach to Miles Davis in this solo effort of seasonal melodies performed on an electric keyboard. Jazz fans will note the solo dubbed over a swinging texture in 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear' while late Beethoven may come to mind in the haunting diminished chords of 'Good King Wenceslas.' A light stride feel is the operative for 'Let It Snow' and 'Coventry Carol' swings hard in three. While 'Gesu Bambino' is delivered in a decidedly classical manner, Paga´n's take on 'Carol of the Bells' fuses jazz improvisation with a toccata motor rhythm that is reminiscent of Prokofiev. A swinging version of Leroy Anderson's 'Sleigh Ride' concludes this virtuosic set of slightly over one hour.

1.1 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
1.2 Oh Come Emmanuel
1.3 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
1.4 Good King Wenceslas
1.5 Oh Christmas Tree
1.6 Oh Come All Ye Faithful
1.7 Let It Snow
1.8 I'll Be Home for Christmas
1.9 Coventry Carol
1.10 Gesu Bambino
1.11 Carol of the Bells
1.12 Sleigh Ride

Michael Pag N: Keyboard Christmas

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