A Thrill of Hope. (Carol Settings for Jazz Piano). By Matt Hyzer. For piano. Sacred, Christmas. Moderately difficult. Published by Lorenz Publishing Company (LO.70-1624L).
Skillfully incorporating the intriguing rhythms and harmonies of the jazz idiom, Matt Hyzer has immersed these ten carols in an always inventive mode, providing a fresh spirit for these time-honored favorites. These settings will be challenging for those not yet comfortable with jazz elements, but they are worthy and accessible to those willing to spend a little time getting them under the fingers. Your listeners will respond in unison that it was well worth the effort!
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September 6, 2007
Hyzer's a Hit
Matt Hyzer is a very talented arranger who's moving up my favorites list. He provides a great gospel / jazz foundation in his arrangements that allows a trained musician with "no ear" to produce that "improvised" sound. I ordered this book in early summer just to get my hands on...
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