Why does the world need another Christmas Album? I honestly thought the same thing. Many times in past holiday seasons, I've craved to hear some simple Christmas melodies that I could leave as the soundtrack to a (hopefully) easy-going and peaceful Christmas. That's what this CD is all about. In respect of these classic songs, I tried hard to distill my playing so as to let the melodies and harmony shine, rather than turning it into a full out jazz thing. My hope is that it will create the right mood without making itself too overbearing, but also bear closer enjoyable listening when you feel like paying attention. I hope you enjoy listening as much I enjoyed making this CD- Thanks for checking it out and Happy Holidays!!! -Chris ****************** Chris Corso is a composer, performer, and educator who resides in the Atlanta area. Throughout a diverse musical career that began with playing piano by ear at age five, Chris has remained dedicated to the pursuit of strong uplifting melodies in his compositions. With his second solo album, the Zen of love, Chris has achieved that goal. The Zen of love features an imaginative blend of smooth jazz and innovative new age sounds. Born and raised in New York, Chris honed his composing skills as staff writer at the infamous New York Music Deli. He is a featured member of the Sony artist group, Palomino Duck. Their album, Free Flight, is a regular best seller in the new age market. As a performer, Chris toured the United States, Europe, and Asia as keyboardist-vocalist with the Dave Mason band. Along the years he has also performed with many other notable artists such as John Denver, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Platters, The Coasters, and Phoebe Snow. Currently, he plays keyboards with Mowtown legends- the Temptations, classic B3 organ with indie-favorite Hannibal Jones band, and retro-jazz piano with his own group of jazz artists known as The Inner Jazz Circle. On Sunday's it's Piano and B3 at a local church. He also holds the keyboard chair for favorite oldies acts the Drifters and the Platters. Asked if he was in danger of being a 'jack of all trades'. he replied: 'What attracted me to music was freedom, if I had to do the same thing every single day I'd go crazy-I may never be rich, but I love music and I've dedicated my life to always try to be the best at whatever I'm doing in the current moment. I'm working towards doing just the two things that are my deepest passion: composing and playing Jazz piano. But in the meantime I've got to eat. -so yeah, I'm still a gun for hire, but at least I get to play music for a living. Places like CD baby make my dream come a little closer every day.'
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