Moods - Saxophone Moods At Christmas

Published Thursday 20th February 2014
Moods - Saxophone Moods At Christmas
Moods - Saxophone Moods At Christmas

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 145307-21474
LABEL: Elevation ELE1991D
RELEASE DATE: 2013-11-18
RRP: £4.99

Reviewed by Andy Cooper

Mike Haughton, solo sax, recorder, flute and whistle player featured within, toured with Martyn Joseph in the '80s, Iona in the '90s and Cliff Richard in the '00s. It's an absolute pleasure to hear him featured on a full length release again. "Sussex Carol" starts things off with a jolly arrangement, full of delicate embellishments and Mike's trademark riffs and rasps. "Angels From The Realms Of Glory" follows, with a steady rock rhythm and soprano sax taking the tune. It's more Kenny G than Stan Getz, but does indeed put the listener in a fine seasonal mood. "Silent Night" rounds off the set with a dreamy slow dance. The only criticism is a lack of life in the dynamics of the saxophone: it appears to be played with considerable emotion, which seems to be mostly sapped away by the studio. Smoothness perhaps was considered more important than realism by the producer? This is a shame, as pretty much every song is arranged beautifully and intelligently while Mike performs with personality and panache. He is one of the few wind players who has an instantly recognisable sound, which in this case turns familiar Christmas tunes into something extraordinary.

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Product Description
A new addition to the ‘Moods’ range of instrumentals is this special Christmas edition featuring superb carols and Christmas songs focused around the Saxophone.

Musician Mike Haughton (Iona, Cliff Richard, Martyn Joseph) adds his breathtakingly beautiful sounds to these tracks. The perfect background music to your Christmas.

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