by Lara & Reyes



The acoustic string magic of Sergio Lara and Joe Reyes makes this Christmas collection a perfect party disc. The crisp arrangements of Lara's mandolin and Reyes's guitar sparkle with enough texture to stand out from the hubbub of a holiday gathering without creating a mush of sound. The duo is adept at a number of styles -- flamenco, jazz, folk, classical, swing -- and with Lara's mandolin, some pieces pick up a bluegrass tinge. "Feliz Navidad" rolls sweetly along, while "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" smolders over Reyes's flamenco guitar riff. Lara's mandolin carries the melodies on most tracks, but the dulcet Spanish guitar line takes over on "The Christmas Song" and could certainly inspire a few mistletoe nuzzles. "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Angels We Have Heard on High" both start out with a simple elegance and clarity, then build in complexity as they progress. The set ends on a celebratory note with several rousing variations of "Auld Lang Syne." Sophisticated and lovely, Navidad revels in the fun of the holidays while lending these classics the respect they truly deserve.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2000
Label: Higher Octave
UPC: 0724384948825
catalogNumber: 49488

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lara & Reyes   Primary Artist
Sergio Lara   Guitar
Joe Reyes   Guitar

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Matt Marshall   Executive Producer
Dan Selene   Executive Producer
Robert Wells   Composer
Sergio Lara   Producer
Joe Reyes   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Dick Smith   Composer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Traditional   Composer
James R. Murray   Composer
William Chatterton Dix   Composer
Robert Burns   Composer

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