Plan 9 - The 9 Days of Christmas
summertime. We have 25° Celsius and sunshine in Germany. More than 4
months to December. Drew Bentley just sent me "The 9 Days of
Christmas". This is the upcoming and second album of the group Plan
9. I met Drew, the guitar player of the group Plan 9, in Fort
Lauderdale (Florida) in January and after a nice smalltalk I have made
an interview with
him after my return to Germany. He was already announcing this future
project. Currently the group is touring in bookstores in Florida and
they also play tunes of this album, which will probably be released in
Plan 9 is an unusual jazz group, so you can
await an unusual Christmas album. Although the album contains
classical Christmas themes, Plan 9 understands to give these hyms a
new turn. If you haven't the opportunity to attend one of their gigs,
you can listen to the downloadable soundsample "God Rest Ye"
God Rest Ye
starts with Drew's contemplative acoustic guitar melody. Surprisingly
the song changes into a Latin-flavored jazzy jamming.
Good King W
starts with a fresh tablas rhythm bridging to the central theme. Plan
9 knows to produce a groovy tune out of an old dusty hymn.
has a high recognition factor. May be some chinese rice workers have
never heard this melody, the rest of the world know it. The acoustic
guitar is the best instrument to express the lead theme. Together with
the brass section, choir and Charlie
DeChant's dreamy sax the tune obtains an entertaining character.
O Come Emmanuel
starts as a ChaCha piece with some Salsa flava. Astonishing transformation-work,
a small swing break in the middle of tune gives this tune the necessary condiment.
We Three Kings
is without doubt a really popular Christmas song. All music guide
lists 377 versions of this piece. Plan 9 presents a dynamic propulsing
rendition of this holiday classic.
Away In The Manger
has seen many prolific interprets like Nat King Cole. Plan 9 are
swinging terrificly in their Bossa style.
Still being gift wrapped are the further
songs It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, What
Child Is This and The Christmas Sweet.
This album isn't just a Christmas album. If
you just want something to get you in the right mood (the holiday
mood), take it. But this album is something for all seasons.