Sunday, December 23, 2007

Review -- JAKE PETERS -- First Christmas: A Musical Journey

Jake Peters
Some of you may recall Jake Peters who performed at the Yorkton Cowboy Festival in August. If you do, you likely recall how this guy can pick one fine guitar. His fingers are definitely nimble dancing over the strings.
Well in this new Christmas release he brings his considerable guitar talents to bare on songs tied to the first Christmas, starting with We Three Kings and meandering through songs such as O Come, All Ye Faithful, Away In The Manger and Joy To The World.
While all 10 songs here are familiar standards of the season, Peters is not content to simply give us another familiar rendition of the material.
Instead, Peters, who hails from Didsbury, AB., delves into the history of the songs, and of the story of Christmas, incorporating musical sounds that one might have heard had they been with the Three Kings, or in Bethlehem that night. What he delivers is music that crosses boundaries with touches of the Middle East melding with the material we all know so well.
In some cases too, Peters takes a different tack, giving us a more bluegrass rendition of Joy To The World to wrap up the journey.
The result are that Peters takes these songs to a fresh new place, which in the world of a myriad of Christmas CDs that all sound the same, is a rare seasonal treat for the listener.
This is one of those must-own efforts because it transcends the norm to give the listener one of the most enjoyable renditions of Christmas music I have heard in some time. Well done !

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Dec. 19, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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