Title - 'First Snow'
Artist - Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia
For those not in the know, Robert Prester is an American concert and jazz pianist, best known for his virtuosic and articulate approach to both classical and jazz idioms, his effortless improvizatory agility, and his ability to innovatively stylize jazz standards and Great American Songbook repertoire.
His music has been documented on CD’s of his original compositions, and is heard on commercial recordings, live classical and jazz performances, and college performance lectures.
Of all the enchanting elements that make up the spirit of the Christmas season, perhaps none defines it more for us than the music. From pieces that span generations and centuries to new favorites from our own time, it resonates with listeners around the world.
What a treat that with First Snow, Robert Prester & Adriana Samargia share their artistic gifts with us, with a set of wintersong gems seen in a fresh light – including the sacred and secular, the solemn and the swinging, the serious and the seriously fun.
The duo share a background in jazz and classical music, with Adriana also known for performances of sacred music and American Popular Song.
Co-produced by Robert Prester and Adriana Samargia, their brand new Christmas-themed album First Snow is out now and features 12 Holiday-inspired, jazzed up Christmas classics for all the family to enjoy!
1. 'Joi to the World'
2. 'First Snow' (Robert Prester)
3. 'Comfort, Comfort, O My People'
4. 'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town'
5. 'Away in a Manger'
6. 'In the Bleak Midwinter'
7. 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear'
8. 'Of the Father's Love Begotten'
9. 'All I Want For Christmas is You'
10. 'Manger Song of Mary'
11. 'Masters in this Hall'
12. 'Blue Christmas'
Opening with the dual vocal reverb of 'Joi to the World,' next up is the Prester original, the beautifully dulcet 'First Snow' and that's backed up by the poignant 'Comfort, Comfort, O My People,' the joyful, soulful 'Santa Claus is Comin' to Town' and then the quietly resonate 'Away in a Manger.'
Next up is the earnest, upright bass-imbibed 'In the Bleak Midwinter' which is followed by the free flowing 'It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,' the passively dulcet 'Of the Father's Love Begotten' and then the Mariah Carey cover, 'All I Want For Christmas is You.'
This quite lovely new Christmas album then rounds out with the gentle ambiance of 'Manger Song of Mary,' closing on the subtle bounce and hop of 'Masters in this Hall' and the lushly warm and magnificent 'Blue Christmas' (which really brings to the fore the accompanying The Parson Brown Singers).
The inside liner notes (by Bob Seymour) also give special thanks to Josef, Jacob and Milica Samargia, for song inspirations and 19 years of Parson Brown memories.
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