About “A New Orleans Christmas Carol”
Christmas Time … The most festive season of them all…A time to celebrate, a time for family gatherings, and a time to reflect on the greater joys of life. The new album from 2011 NEA Jazz Master, Ellis Marsalis, A New Orleans Christmas Carol, does just that! In this rousing rendition of timeless holiday classics, Ellis Marsalis pays homage to the season and that special spirit of joy so ever present at this time of year.
“Ellis Marsalis is one of the most important jazz musicians of the past (3) decades.” says Jerald Miller, President of Nu Jazz Entertainment. ”We’re extremely proud to be able to share this music, this holiday season, with jazz fans and aficionados around the world.” “This holiday season has always been a special time of year for my family,” says Ellis Marsalis. “It’s been a life-long dream to put out a complete album which can celebrate that sense of life, love, and giving that the season represents.”
In this sumptuous holiday feast of aural delight, Ellis performs in (4) separate context: Solo Piano; Piano Trio; Piano Quartet with Vibes; and a Piano Quartet with a Vocalist. Ellis Marsalis is supported in Trio formats with Bill Huntington or Peter Harris on Bass, and Jason Marsalis on Drums; in Piano Quartet with Vibes (with Roman Skakun or Jason Marsalis on Vibes), and in Piano Quartet with a Vocalist (with Cynthia Liggins Thomas or Johnaye Kendrick on Vocals).
Ellis Marsalis rings in the holiday season, by opening the album with a thoughtfully stated solo piano piece, O Tannenbaum. The album quickly segues into a funky version of The Little Drummer Boy (featuring 2011 NEA Jazz Master, Jason Marsalis), and then into a “McCoy Tynerish” rendition of We Three Kings of Orient Are. The smooth and crisp vocals of Cynthia Liggins Thomas on A Child Is Born recalls the wonder every parent must feel at a child’s birth, while the silky and sultry voice of Johnaye Kendrick sets forth grand tidings for all on the Ellis Marsalis original, Christmas Joy. Other classics include: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen; It Came Upon A Midnight Clear; O Holy Night; Winter Wonderland; Silent Night; O Little Town of Bethlehem; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Sleigh Ride; and Greensleeves among others.
Ellis Marsalis: A New Orleans Christmas Carol (NJE #1046, #1047) is available in (2) separate formats as digital editions, in your favorite brick and mortar retail stores, or as a pre-paid digital music card (NJE #1041)on Amazon.com.
About the iTunes “GOLD EDITION” & Other Digital Services
On October 25, 2011the Ellis Marsalis: A New Orleans Christmas Carol (GOLD EDITION) will be released in advance of the traditional holiday season as a iTunes exclusive. The album will feature all (20) core audio tracks from the physical CD in addition to (2) unique bonus audio tracks, (1) bonus video track, and PDF Liner notes [NJE #1047 - $11.99].
The album will be available on November 15, 2011as Ellis Marsalis: A New Orleans Christmas Carol (Deluxe Edition) [NJE #1046 - $9.99], which has the (20) core audio tracks from the physical CD plus (2) unique bonus audio track, which differs from that on iTunes.
EXCLUSIVE AMAZON DIGITAL MUSIC CARDS
In November 2011 the album will also be made available as Ellis Marsalis: A New Orleans Christmas Carol (Pre-paid Digital Music Card) (NJE #1041), on pre-paid digital music download cards exclusively from Amazon.com. The card retails for $12.98, and will contain the (20) core audio tracks from the physical CD tracks from the original album plus (2) exclusive bonus audio tracks (which differs from iTunes and that of other services), exclusive bonus Liner Notes, and with a bonus photo. The pre-paid download cards also include discount coupons for both related Nu Jazz products and Nu Jazz merchandise from the company’s website.
BRICK AND MORTER RETAIL STORES
On October 11, 2011the physical CD, Ellis Marsalis: A New Orleans Christmas Carol (ELM #19790) will be available in your favorite retail stores around the world via Allegro Distribution. The CD will retail for $15.99. For more information or to order the physical CD contact Allegro Media Group at (800) 288-2007.