Scott Wilkie – Joy

joy-coverFresh off the success of his most recent album All In, keyboardist/composer Scott Wilkie found the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season in 2014: gathering a group of his favorite musicians and bringing the SRO house down at southern California’s contemporary jazz hotspot Spaghettini Grille with fresh, soulful, funky and spiritual arrangements of cherished Christmas songs. The overwhelming success of that magical evening inspired Wilkie and his ensemble to gather over several days in June, to create a full length album whose title says it all: Joy.

A dynamic, freewheeling contemporary jazz recording, Joy is a live-in-the-studio treasure featuring exciting and heartfelt arrangements that capture the many emotions of the season. They run the groovin’ gamut from old school soul-jazz to pop, soul, funk – and even a beautiful chamber music vibe. The collection offers a spirited mix of beloved Christmas carols we can all sing by heart (We Three Kings, Hark The Herald Angels Sing, What Child Is This, O Tannenbaum, Silent Night, Away in a Manger); secular seasonal classics (The Christmas Song, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, My Favorite Things); and sweet, enduring favorites from Kenny Loggins (Celebrate Me Home) and Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (Christmastime Is Here, Christmas Is Coming).

Joy features the core ensemble of Peter Sprague (Chick Corea, Sergio Mendes), who also played on two tracks of All In; bassist Nathan Brown; drummer Jeff Olson; Greg Holmes on organ and other keyboards; and percussionist Ramon Yslas (David Sanborn). They created many of the arrangements on the spot in the studio, with a dynamic synergy that could only happen by recording face-to-face. Also on hand to provide extra texture and colors are legendary R&B/jazz guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. (a mainstay on previous Wilkie recordings) and cellist Erdis Maxhelaku, who brings classical grace and elegance to Hark The Herald Angels Sing, What Child Is This and Away in a Manger.

Celebrate the glory of Christmas – and bring home a CD full of musical Joy that will become a special part of your holiday traditions for years to come. More on

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