Vespers CD, All About Jazz

It’s not really a Christmas piece, and it’s not jazz at all, but C. Michael Bailey reviews Vespers in All About Jazz:

Smith’s musical settings are crafted in such a way that techniques and practices from different periods dissolve into one another in the solution of his musical vision. The early music elements of this music are amplified by Piffaro and the Renaissance Band’s expert and well-known sound. The vocal ensemble, The Crossing, lends the modern edge to the performances, capable of spanning five centuries of vocal practice from plainchant to the 21st century.

The true genius here is the composer, who chooses not to simply reharmonize older music, but instead, create completely new music… immediately accessible for the novice and expert alike, offering different layers artistry to be enjoyed…

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