Released 12 years ago, I finally purchased this CD this year and it immediately became the most played Christmas CD in this place. This is a swinging run through 18 traditional Christmas classics and one original; all with two electric jazz guitars - Negri and Marty Ashby. But where might I have heard the name Joe Negri before?
Well, in addition to teaching jazz guitar as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University, Joe was also known to millions of public television viewers (including myself) as "Handyman Negri" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood:
|Lady Elaine and Handyman Negri|
Episode 1556, February 3, 1986
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Tracks: 19 tracks, 52 minutes. I get lost in the sound of all of them; it's a good listen from top-to-bottom. Can't pick favorites today (well, maybe God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen). I'd never thought of Gerry Niewood's composition Joy as a Christmas song, but it fits here. The original piece, In The Happy Long Ago, is one of those pieces that's so well-written you think you've heard it before.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None