Aaron Neville's Soulful Christmas is at once familiar yet progressive, traditional, prayerful, heartfelt, fun, and sexy. Neville lends his angelic voice to timeless holiday standards, resulting in one of the more compelling American holiday albums of the 1990s. Neville's treatment of classics such as "O Holy Night," "Silent Night," and "O Little Town of Bethlehem" is absolutely stirring, and he infuses these lullabies with so much warmth and sincerity that they can even touch the hardest, most cynical audiences….
Aaron Neville is an unlikely example of a '60s soul hero who managed to reinvent himself as a '90s pop star without compromising his integrity. Drawing on pop as well as the type of New Orleans soul that put him on the map, Neville proved that he could once again be quite marketable. Like Warm Your Heart, The Tattooed Heart isn't on a par with Neville's early efforts, but nonetheless has a lot going for it.
The best analogy I could use to describe alto saxophonist Jackie McLean ’s sound is that of a boxer. Maybe Rocky Graziano or Jake LaMotta, scratching, clawing and always coming at you with everything he’s got. McLean, a childhood friend of Sonny Rollins , studied with Bud Powell and eventually Charlie Parker. His musical bloodline runs directly from the bebop inventors. Jackie Mac recorded first, at age 19, with Miles Davis and soon became a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. His stint with Blue Note records from 1959-1967 yielded 21 classic discs. He bridged jazz from bebop to hard-bop to free jazz and post-bop, all the while maintaining his fiercely raw aggressive tone. ~ AllAboutJazz
The name of his project is Flèche D'Or; also the title of a Django Reinhardt composition. Whether it is Gypsy Jazz, bebop or any other style, this is where you will be able to follow his musical journey.
He picked up the guitar in his teens and after having exploring various musical styles, he discovers the music of Django Reinhardt at the age of 19. For the next few years, he would dedicate himself exclusively to the style. To date, he has performed and/or recorded with the best musicians in the style such as Ritary Gaguenetti, Aurélien Trigo, Edd la Bish, Lollo Meier, Paulus Schäfer, Stéphane Wrembel, Chriss Campion, Andreas Öberg, Fapy Lafertin, Am Ketenes, Tim Kliphuis to name a few.
He is sponsored by AJL guitars, Schatten Design, Godin Guitars, Saga Gitane Parisian strings.
Outside of Gypsy Jazz, he is heavily influenced by other forms of jazz (bebop, fusion, latin), rock/pop, blues, classical; any kind of good music!
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New Orleans' favorite sons, the Neville Brothers, pool their talents again on this CD. Family Groove is a clever reference not only to the musical abilities of the four brothers, but to the shared interests and concerns of the brothers and their families. All the usual Neville elements are here: Charles Neville on the saxophone, Cyril Neville on the drums, Art Neville on piano, and the inimitable voice of Aaron Neville.This is vintage Neville Brothers philosophy delivered as always with the funky beat and unique Neville sound that has captivated fans all over the world.