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WIll Scruggs, Saxophonist

Will Scruggs Jazz Fellowship, SONG OF SIMEON

My vision for this recording was to create a musical journey through the deeper themes of the Christmas narrative. Using ancient canticles, hymns, and folk melodies, I chose eleven pieces to formulate a layered chronology that illustrates the profound, spiritual mystery of the radical biblical story of the birth of Christ. Together the eleven tracks make up a programmatic suite in two parts, organized around a line from the biblical Song of Simeon that describes the miracle of Christmas: “A light to enlighten the nations and the Glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:22-35)

About Will Scruggs
Will Scruggs was born in 1980 in Atlanta, GA, and grew up in Raleigh, NC. He has toured and recorded with Natalie Cole and has been featured as a special guest soloist with Dave Brubeck. He is a top call studio saxophonist in Atlanta, having recorded with the likes of Cee-Lo Green, the Wood Brothers, Dallas Austin, and Jermaine Dupri. He is also an accomplished bandleader, composer, and vocalist who has toured internationally to significant critical acclaim.

Will Scruggs, soprano and tenor saxophone
Brian Hogans, piano
Dan Baraszu, guitar
Tommy Sauter, bass
Marlon Patton, drums
Kinah Boto Ayah, percussion

with Joe Gransden, trumpet on “Go Down Moses”

Horn Section:
Joe Gransden, trumpet
Ryan Whitehead, clarinet
Brian Hogans, alto sax
Norm Ficke, tenor sax
Wes Funderburk, trombone
Travis Cottle, trombone
Lee Watts, bass trombone
Will Scruggs, baritone sax

Track Listing incld. track times and composer :
Part I: The Glory
1. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 3:29Music: Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, plainsong, Mode 1 Processionale, 15th C; adapt. Thomas Helmore (1811-1890)

2. The Annunciation – Gabriel’s Message 7:07Music: Gabriel’s Message, Basque carol, harm. Edgar Pettman (1865-1943)

3. Song of Mary – Magnificat 6:46Setting: Cathedral of the Isles, Betty Carr Pulkingham (b.1928)

4. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen 7:38Music: God Rest You Merry, melody from Little Book of Christmas Carols, ca. 1850

5. Song of Simeon – Nunc Dimittis 6:27Setting: Ronald Arnatt (b.1930)

6. Go Down, Moses 6:31 Trad. (African-American Spiritual)

Part II: The Light

7. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming 3:20Music: Es ist ein Ros, melody from Alte Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesang, 1599

8. We Three Kings 6:21Music: Three Kings of Orient, John Henry Hopkins, Jr. (1820-1891)

9. T’was in the Moon of Wintertime (The Huron Carol) 6:49Music: Une jeune pucelle, French folk melody, 16th century

10. Ideo Gloria 9:30Music: Personent hodie, melody from Piae Cantiones, 1582

11. Joy to the World 7:21Music: Antioch, George Frideric Handel (1655-1759)
Gloria, French carol; arr. Edward Shippen Barnes (1877-1958)

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