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Home For The Holidays / Sean Harkness, Mike Herriott

H2
Release Date: 10/11/2011 
Label:  Opening Day   Catalog #: 7414  
Composer:  TraditionalVince GuaraldiRobert AllenMichael Praetorius,   ... 
Performer:  Mike HerriottSean Harkness
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Time-honoured music associated with the holiday season has the magical ability to transport listeners beyond their thoughts…into a world of reminiscence, nostalgia, feeling and emotion. H2-Home for the Holdays does just that! H2 bring their cool sound and jazzy riffs home for the holiday in an album of classic Christmas songs creating a jazz-filled wonderland gift-wrapped in the bright colors of the season. Brimming with thirteen all-time favorites including Angels We Have Heard on High, Carol of the Bells, O Tannenbaum, Silent Night, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Meditation on Lo How a Rose, We Three Kings, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Home for the Holidays and Christmas Time is Here, from the classic TV Read more special A Charlie Brown Christmas, which has become one of the most recognizable “jazz” oriented holiday tunes of all-time. Each of these tracks sparkles with imagination that flows with a musical rapport pushing each along, bringing something new and fresh to these well-known and popular holiday hits.

H2 is the exciting duo featuring trumpeter, Mike Herriott, and guitarist, Sean Harkness.

Mike is a respected multi-instrumentalist in both the classical and jazz genres who is in demand as a lead trumpeter, jazz improviser, orchestral soloist, touring Broadway musician, arranger and composer. He has appeared with a host of jazz greats, including Maynard Ferguson, Slide Hampton, Phil Nimmons, Maria Schneider and more. His recording career is diverse, including CDs, soundtracks and television.

Sean Harkness is an award winning, first-call guitarist in New York City and can be seen performing at any one of the city's historic and world-famous jazz clubs on a regular basis. With five releases under his belt, he was originally signed by Windham Hill Records as a solo artist where he released his first album, Aloft, to great acclaim. He has toured the world, most notably Japan & Europe, as a sideman and is also a well-respected Broadway musician.

This H2 CD is their second release on Canada’s Opening Day Entertainment label.
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Works on This Recording

1.
O Tannenbaum by Traditional
Performer:  Mike Herriott (Trumpet), Sean Harkness (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
Written: Westphalia, Germany 
2.
Good King Wenceslas by Traditional
Performer:  Mike Herriott (Trumpet), Sean Harkness (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
Written: England 
3.
God rest ye merry, gentlemen by Traditional
Performer:  Mike Herriott (Trumpet), Sean Harkness (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
Written: England 
4.
Angels we have heard on high by Traditional
Performer:  Mike Herriott (Trumpet), Sean Harkness (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
Written: France 
5.
Christmas Time Is Here by Vince Guaraldi
Performer:  Mike Herriott (Trumpet), Sean Harkness (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
6.
There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays by Robert Allen
Performer:  Mike Herriott (Trumpet), Sean Harkness (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
7.
Musae Sioniae: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen by Michael Praetorius
Performer:  Mike Herriott (Trumpet), Sean Harkness (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1609; Germany 
8.
We three kings by John Henry Hopkins Jr.
Performer:  Mike Herriott (Trumpet), Sean Harkness (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
9.
Festgesang "Hark! The herald angels sing" by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Mike Herriott (Trumpet), Sean Harkness (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840; Germany 
10.
Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber
Performer:  Mike Herriott (Trumpet), Sean Harkness (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
Period: Classical 
Written: 1818; Austria 
11.
Carol of the Bells by Mykola Dmytrovich Leontov
Performer:  Mike Herriott (Trumpet), Sean Harkness (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
Period: Modern 
Written: 1910; Ukraine 
12.
It came upon the midnight clear by Richard Storrs Willis
Performer:  Mike Herriott (Trumpet), Sean Harkness (Guitar)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  H2
Period: Romantic 

Sound Samples

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Angels We Have Heard on High
Good King Wenceslas
Christmas Time Is Here
Home for the Holidays
Meditation on Lo, How a Rose E'er Bloomin
We Three Kings of Orient Are
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, MWV D4
Silent Night
Carol of the Bells
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
O Tannenbaum

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