|1||Come Thou Long Expected Jesus||6:28||Uptempo smooth jazz, with a great build|
|2||Emmanuel||6:04||aka O come, O come, Emmanuel. Starts with 2:00 of gorgeous solo piano, then the band comes in with an adult comtemporary version.|
|3||Silent Night||4:27||Hodge-podge opening (can YOU name all the tunes?) and a silky-smooth adult contemporary sound|
|4||Gentle Mary Laid Her Child||4:53||aka Good King Wenceslas. Soaring sax over a peaceful synth bed|
|5||What Child Is This?||3:31||RnR version of the famous question|
|6||Venite||7:50||“O Come Let Us Adore Him”, if you aren’t up on your Latin. Starts out new agey, and breaks into an adult contemporary version at 4:17.|
|7||Three Kings||5:27||Think Renaissance band at the King's Court, a pipe organ in a smoke-filled darkly-lit jazz club, some seriously kickin' grooves and a surprising solo piano. A great package just filled with ear candy!|
|8||At the Cross||2:20||Reflective solo piano. Think Bill Evans, late at night, in a quiet house, trying to play and not wake the kids.|
|9||Christ the Lord is Risn’ Today||3:42||Time for some straight ahead pop!|
|10||Jesus Paid It All||5:03||Reflective, then uptempo. Just like the lyrics (though no one else seems to have noticed).|
|11||I surrender All||3:42||So, if you were in a jazz club at 2 am on Thursday - is this what this tune would sound like?|
|12||All Creatures of Our God & King||3:31||Nashville Pop. 'Nuff said.|
|13||My Father’s World||3:15||Uptempo Pop. Check out the surprise ending!|
|14||Joyful, again!||4:18||The theme from Beethoven’s 9th symphony, aka Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee, in a 6/8 swing. At 2:02 shifts to a 5/4 uptempo Spyrogyra-like version. Serious Swing for a serious melody.|
More info than you want to know!
tom&co is the praise band for Vineville North Baptist Church in Macon, GA - now known as Northway Church. The band was together 1994-2006 with a remarkable stable group of members.. This is their second album - the first, Brethren, was recorded in 1999 at the historic Phoenix Studios (formerly known as Capricorn studios, where the Allman Brothers recorded several albums. Here's a link plus some Pix of the studio).
The band takes familiar tunes and puts a new musical twist to them - all in an accessibly creative way. The band that recorded Seasons included Tom Rule on keys, Dan Wallace on bass, Dennis Palmer on percussion, and a changing cast of characters that includes Dr. Ed Clark on sax, Mark Holloway on guitar, and Phil Norris and Frank Jones on guitar. This stuff is HARDLY your typical church music! Listen to some free samples here.
Seasons was recorded June 27 /28 and July 26, 2003 at Heritage Recording Studios in Warner Robins (We highly recommend the facility!). Mixing was done at the studios on August 8th, 11th, and September 1st and 2nd. Photography was by Steve Schroeder Photography. Graphic assistance by Ravonda Bargeron of Bargeron Designs and Michael Knapp of ImageInk. Food provided by Ruby Tuesday's, al Jalisiene, Wendy's, and Sonny's BBQ, all of Warner Robins - though they really didn't know what we were up to!
The band currently consists of Tom Rule and Dan Wallace (still on keys and bass, respectively) STILL play at Northway - again, a remarkable level of longevity.
All tunes are in the public domain. All Arrangements are copyright 2003 Tom Rule (ASCAP). Send him an email!
Check over at MacMusicGuy.com to see if any of the arrangements/sheet music are available.
Biblical References? What Biblical References?
There REALLY ARE some Biblical references on Season's front cover, but you have to think like a punster to get them!
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