How Does Christmas Sound?

Release Date: 9/10/2021
Catalog Number: 7076
Number of Discs: 1

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1. How Does Christmas Sound?
2. All I Want for Christmas Is You
3. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
4. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
5. Mary, Did You Know?
6. Thorns in the Straw
7. Seven
8. Angels We Have Heard on High
9. Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen
10. A Babe Is Born
11. In the Bleak Midwinter
12. Lift Every Voice and Sing
Notes and Editorial Reviews

When we think of Christmas, sometimes it’s the sights that come to mind: the multi-colored lights framing the windows of neighbors’ houses, the line of eager children waiting to sit on Santa’s lap, the Nativity scene on the lawn at the local church. Or maybe it’s the smells that arise first: fresh-baked gingerbread, pine needles, a turkey dinner in the oven. On his new album for Artistry Music/Mack Avenue Music Group, GRAMMY® Award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum asks How Does Christmas Sound? On his second holiday-themed album, Whalum doesn’t answer that question in the expected way – revisiting the most familiar carols, the ones that have already worn out their welcome most years by the time Thanksgiving rolls around. Instead, he finds a more spiritual, introspective sound for Christmas, one that acknowledges the melancholy that often accompanies the Yuletide and the faith that is so central to his own celebrations. “You can talk about the sights and the smells, but to me it's always a sound that takes me to the true meaning of Christmas,” Whalum explains. “Even in April, I will put on Nat King Cole’s Christmas record and it brings me peace.”

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