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Floyd, Bobby / Floyd's Finest Gift
Album:Floyd's Finest Gift Collection:Jazz
Artist:Floyd, Bobby Added:11/2019
Label:Cojazz Recordings 

Album Review
Tom McCarter
Reviewed 2019-12-01 
Reviewed: 2019-12-01
Genre: Jazz
FCCs: none
Review: Floyd is a piano player’s pianist. He has performed with may great musicians over the years “I try to say something and make my music like a conversation," Floyd says. "I try to play phrases that are all related so that it tells a story. My thing is not to play fast all the time. I'm a very soulful player; I'm all about feel.” That philosophy shows up abundantly on these Christmas gems.
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Track Review (favorites denoted by *):
**1/ What Child Is This (7:26) – piano starts> midtempo jam> sax solo> piano solo> midtempo jam> swells in volume & tempo> crescendo end
*2/ We Three Kings (1:27) – piano solo with tempo shifts> quick stop
3/ Jingle Bells (5:22) – piano starts> midtempo jam> piano solo> midtempo jam> slow fade
*4/ The Christmas Song (3:57) – piano starts> midtempo trio jam> piano solo> midtempo jam> fade
**5/ Winter Wonderland (8:45) – piano starts> midtempo jam> piano solo> midtempo jam> bass solo> midtempo jam with drum fills> crescendo end
6/ Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (4:15) – midtempo piano solo> crescendo & fade
7/ Little Drummer Boy (7:42) – drums start> midtempo jam with trombone> piano solo> trombone solo> midtempo jam> drum solo> midtempo jam> slow fade
*8/ Christmas Time Is Here (6:24) – slow tempo piano solo> slow faade
*9/ O Christmas Tree (7:04) – piano starts> midtempo trio jam> piano solo> bass solo> drum solo> midtempo jam> fade
***10/ Away In a Manger/ A Child Is Born (6:18) – slow piano solo starts> slow tempo duet with bass> bass solo> piano solo> slow duet with bass> slow fade
***11/ Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (3:44) – piano starts> fast tempo trio jam> piano solo> fast jam with drum fills> quick stop
12/ Silent Night (5:17) – piano starts> slow duet with violin> piano solo> slow duet> violin solo> slow duet> slow fade
*13/ The Christmas Song (3:47) – slow piano solo> slow fade

Track Listing
1.What Child Is This 7.Little Drummer Boy
2.We Three Kings 8.Christmas Time Is Here
3.Jingle Bells 9.O Christmas Tree
4.The Christmas Song 10.Away In A Manger/ A Child Is Born
5.Winter Wonderland 11.Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
6.Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 12.Silent Night
 13.The Chistmas Song