O Come All Ye Faithful & Advent Jazz

Joey Alexander (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass), Eric Harland (drums).


Holiday Reblog & Swingle Singers & Christmas Medley

The incomparable Swingle Singers, with a long Medley from their album Noels Sans Passeport (1968) (Hey, I figured out what that means!) and the “White Christmas” with words at the end is from The Story of Christmas (1998).

Jingle Bells, El Noi De La Mare, Hanej – Nynej – Jezisku, Canzone Dei Zampognari, Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes, Oh Tannenbaum, La Peregrinacion, Go Tell It On the Mountain, Away In A Manger, White Christmas (without words), White Christmas (with words).

Advent Reblog & Mariah Carey & O Holy Night

Recorded in LA (2000) I think.

This is the best rendition of O Holy Night that I know. The studio version on Mariah’s classic Christmas album (1994) is also great, but this one has some additional touches (i.e. the organ, and a bigger role for the choir) and is even better. Also, great live Gospel energy.

Advent Art, Henry Ossawa Tanner: The Annunciation

Another one of my favorite paintings. Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Annunciation (1898), at The Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Annunciation
Painted in France by Tanner, an African-American painter. Tanner also spent some time in the Middle East to background this and other paintings with biblical themes. I may get some more of them up ere Christmas season is over. This one is worth clicking twice to enlarge.

Sunday Offering & Advent Music & Gregorian Chant

Ad te levavi – Introitus Dominica Prima Adventus.

Actually, by digging around to try to figure this one out, I found out that this was supposed to be last Sunday’s music. Psalm 25: 1-3:

I will lift up my soul to you, my God, and confide in you; I will not be ashamed, nor will my enemies mock me. For all those who wait for you will not be confounded.