The Sisters will top off their 20th Anniversary year with a glorious new Christmas album Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. Recording in the ethereal acoustic at their Motherhouse in Ann Arbor, this sublime offering will include some of the Sisters' favorite carols as well original compositions which until now- have been heard only in their chapel each year at Christmas. Now widely available to share, the Sisters will release this recording internationally with De Montfort Music through Sony Classical.
The box set comprised 100 volumes featuring 72 pianists of the 20th century, each volume with two CDs and a booklet about the life and work of the featured pianist. The set contains a variety of composers from different eras, from Baroque to Contemporary classical.
Classic hard rock in the vein of Deep Purple, Rainbow, and Bad Company from the L.A.-based outfit led by guitar virtuoso Stuart Smith. An 8 song EP featuring 4 brand new Heaven & Earth tracks with Ruff Cutt vocalist Paul Shortino and 4 songs from the award winning classic first Heaven & Earth CD. Produced by Dave Jenkins, this EP features Stuart Smith's amazing rock instrumental take on Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Mans Desiring" with "Dreams of Desire". Richie Sambora's soulful rendition of "When a Blind Man Cries", Joe Lynn Turner's incredible vocal performance of the bands title track "Heaven & Earth" and Deep Purple vocalist Glenn Hughes heart stopping powerhouse performance of "See That My Grave is Kept Clean".
For this set of Christmas-related songs, Grover Washington Jr. (mostly on soprano but also contributing some tenor and alto) sounds soulful but restrained. The renditions are lightly funky, atmospheric and generally quite dull. Billy Childs is excellent on piano, and the musicianship of the other players is fine, but the similarity of moods and grooves, along with the somber feel of most of the music, makes this a surprisingly tedious listen.