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Label: JHVM Recordings
1. Joy to World 2. Let It Snow 3. Over My Head I Hear Music in the Air/Go Tell It On the Mountain 4. Winter Wonderland 5. And They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love 6. We Three Kings/What Child Is This 7. Silent Night/Away in a Manger/O Holy Night 8. I Want Love, I Don't Want Hate, I Want Peace I Don't Want War 9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 10. Let Me Make It Clear, Christmas Vibes All Thru the Year 11. Rejoice Ye Pure in Heart 12. Little Drummer Boy 13. Deliver the Word, God Loves You
Jay Hoggard vibraphone (all instruments tracks 8 & 13) James Weidman organ,piano Bruce Cox drums
This recording is about the joy, peace, love, and happiness that should traverse the world during the holiday seasons and throughout the whole year. I am a Christian, and this recording is about the reason for the Christmas season: the observance and re-enactment of the circumstances of the birth of Jesus. But this music is also an offering to human beings of all faiths and non- faiths, of the beautiful sounds of which I am blessed to be one of many, many channeling spirits. I have experienced great joy and upliftment from hundreds of holiday recordings, and it is a dream fulfilled to offer my take on some of this repertoire, as well as a few of my original compositions. I was inspired by so many artists for this record date that I can’t list them all in this paragraph. But I especially want to cite my mother, Eva S. Hoggard, who played Christmas tunes on the piano and organ at family events all year long and my father, Bishop J. Clinton Hoggard, who taught my brother Paul and me the reason for the season. My special thanks to my friend and collaborator of many years, the brilliant James Weidman, and to the great Bruce Cox and McAuthor Jackson for their contributions to this project. I also thank my beautiful wife, Donna , our children, Jamal and Kalila, and all of our beloved family and friends. Have yourself a joyous holiday season. May God’s Peace and Blessings be with you all year long. Jay
Avram Fefer Quartet