Against the Grain Tom Boyd, Oboe, English Horn, Oboe d'more Tommy Morgan, Harmonica, Guitar, and Arranger David Loeb, Piano Malcolm McNab, Trumpet Dennis Sands, Recording Engineer Against the Grain is the collaborative effort of long-time friends Tom Boyd and Tommy Morgan. A unique pairing of oboe and harmonica, the soulful, vocal quality is well suited to this repertoire of familiar Christmas songs. Buy just one and send it to a friend, your relatives, your parents and or Grandparents. It just might make their Christmas a bit more joyful. The combination of these two instruments was something even Tom and Tommy had know idea would work but does and it is so Against the Grain. If you have ever seen Forrest Gump, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, Jurassic Park I, II and III, King Kong, Lady in the Water, Spider Man, Steel Magnolia, Amistad, Prince of Tides, and Robin Hood [Prince of Thieves] you have already heard the rich sounds of Tom Boyd's oboe. You can also hear him often on the Simpsons with the wonderful music written by Alf Clausen. With over one thousand soundtracks to his credit, he can be heard all over the world. Besides being an integral part of the Hollywood recording industry he can also be found performing in symphony orchestras, teaching and coaching. Tommy Morgan is perhaps the most widely heard harmonica player in the world. Besides playing with the Carpenters, Tommy has recorded for television, records and major motion pictures including films such as Dances with Wolves. His sensitive and creative arrangements are an a majorly integral part of 'Christmas' and 'Faith Songs'. This project has provided Tom and Tommy with an innovative opportunity to bring forth these gentle songs of these two albums in a truly elegant style. You will always remember Tommy's Harmonica playing throuhout the Carpenter's famous song 'Rainy Days and Monday'. David Loeb is currently the music director and conductor for Ben Vereen. From concert stage to recording studio, David is recognized nationally for his skill and versatility as a performer, arranger and conductor. His longstanding interest in sacred music contributes significantly to his performance on this album which he dedicates to his wife Judy and his children Erin and Brian. Malcolm McNab has performed on over one thousand motion picture soundtracks during his Hollywood career of over thirty years. A veteran soloist, his credits include television, live orchestras and popular albums. Malcolm is currently the professor of trumpet at UCLA. Dennis Sands' career has touched nearly every phase of the sound recording industry. His high-caliber work has been rewarded with multiple Academy Award nominations, including one for Forrest Gump two Grammy Awards and an Emmy. Working with Against the Grain to retain an intimate "live concert" feel in the studio, Dennis was able to help create a top quality project which captures the vision of imagination of the musicians.
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