Grant Osborne, Peter Innocenti, & Jeff Crouse | Little Town:  Carols for Christmas

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Little Town: Carols for Christmas

by Grant Osborne, Peter Innocenti, & Jeff Crouse

A refreshing blend of familiar and lesser known carols, in an intimate jazz trio setting, featuring exquisite ballads along with spirited classics that will provide Christmas cheer for many seasons to come!
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1. The Chipmunk Song
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2. Home (feat. Jeanne Jolly)
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3. Little Town
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4. Silver Bells
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5. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
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6. White Christmas
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7. The Wassail Song
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8. Little Town (feat. Jeanne Jolly)
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9. Angels We Have Heard On High
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10. Christmas Time Is Here
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11. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
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12. Auld Lang Syne
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13. Always And Forever
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On Little Town: Carols For Christmas, the North Carolina based trio of pianist Grant Osborne, bassist Peter Innocenti and drummer Jeff Crouse combines exhilaration, refreshing authenticity, good swinging musicianship and an aura of charm and charity to a program that thankfully doesn't bulk up on over-familiar Xmas songs. Oh sure, "White Christmas" and "Silver Bells," like favorite ornaments decorating the tree each year, are present, but so are unexpected delights "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day," "Home" and the perfectly acceptable Amy Grant title tune. On the latter two, guest Jeanne Jolly sings confidently. ~ Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat Magazine (December 2010)

This relatively unknown piano trio from Cary, North Carolina has made a solid self-produced album of holiday favorites. With Grant Osborne on piano, Peter Innocenti on bass and Jeff Crouse on drums, this understated trio deftly performs a cross-section of tunes familiar and less so. Singer Jeanne Jolly (what a great name for an appearance on a holiday music album!) joins in on two songs, also in understated fashion. The group came together after meeting at their local church for late night sessions and the music sounds like something that would be acceptable at a Jazz Vespers service. Not that it’s particularly spiritual in theme and tone. After all, they open the album with a lyrical version of “The Chipmunk Song,” and also take on modern classics like “White Christmas” and “Christmas Time is Here,” done here even slower than usual. Elsewhere the focus is indeed on carols and the lyrical quality of the trio fits those like a glove. After an upbeat “Auld Lang Syne” with a New Orleans second line backbeat, the trio closes the album with a Pat Metheny song “Always and Forever,” dedicating it to their wives and families. All in all, a restful and enjoyable piano trio album. ~ Lee Mergner, JazzTimes Magazine (December 2010)


Tasteful piano-bass-drums ensemble work in playful and wistful moods a la Vince Guaraldi (he of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” fame) by Triangle players and, on two cuts, singer Jeanne Jolly. ~ Owen Cordle - News & Observer (2009)


Little Town – The three of us began meeting at our church for late night trio sessions in 2007. Over the past two years we have developed a unique musical rapport, which we hope is evident on this recording. We set out to record fresh versions of familiar and not so familiar Christmas carols. Each track is a joyful song of Christmas, and we give special emphasis to the title track, Little Town, as a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The final track, Always And Forever, is dedicated to our wives and our families, for their continued support for our music. We would like to say a very special thank you to Marybeth Childers for making this project possible through her vision and financial support.Thanks to Jeanne Jolly for giving us her superb vocals on Home and Little Town. Thanks to John Shepherd for the awesome cover design. Thanks for the support of our friends at Cornerstone Presbyterian and for the use of the church as a rehearsal space. And thanks to Chris Boerner and everyone at Sound Pure Studios for making this recording a truly pleasant and memorable experience. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy this album for many seasons to come.

Grant, Peter, & Jeff


Grant Osborne - Piano
Peter Innocenti - Bass
Jeff Crouse - Drums
Jeanne Jolly - Vocal (Tracks 2 and 8)

Recorded September 28th and 29th 2009 at Sound Pure Studio, Durham, NC.


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Carie

Spectacular Album!!
I LOVE this album!! By far this is the best arrangement and selection of Christmas music I own or have heard!! I can't play this enough at Christmas time- it just repeats and repeats and repeats...
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Fred Westbrook

Best Christmas Album I've Heard in Many Years!
These three musicians have done what I was certain was impossible. They made a Christmas album that I have played many times since I bought it, and I have proclaimed my utter disdain for holiday music for many years. I may still be a Grinch, technically, but their swinging, intelligent and tasteful interpretations of these standards are, by far, the best I've heard. "Silver Bells" and "Auld Lang Syne" are two of the best tracks, but I found 13 tracks to be of the highest quality. The piano, bass and drums all play crisply and swing wonderfully together, here - you just can't go wrong by adding this to your collection.
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Wanda Johnson

Little Town: Carols for Christmas
This is my favorite Christmas CD and believe me I have many of them. I listen to it all day long. The spirit of Christmas fills the air........ You will absolutely love this CD!
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Lee Mergner, JazzTimes Magazine

Ho Ho Hum, Holiday Jazz Albums of 2010
This relatively unknown piano trio from Cary, North Carolina has made a solid self-produced album of holiday favorites. With Grant Osborne on piano, Peter Innocenti on bass and Jeff Crouse on drums, this understated trio deftly performs a cross-section of tunes familiar and less so. Singer Jeanne Jolly (what a great name for an appearance on a holiday music album!) joins in on two songs, also in understated fashion. The group came together after meeting at their local church for late night sessions and the music sounds like something that would be acceptable at a Jazz Vespers service. Not that it’s particularly spiritual in theme and tone. After all, they open the album with a lyrical version of “The Chipmunk Song,” and also take on modern classics like “White Christmas” and “Christmas Time is Here,” done here even slower than usual. Elsewhere the focus is indeed on carols and the lyrical quality of the trio fits those like a glove. After an upbeat “Auld Lang Syne” with a New Orleans second line backbeat, the trio closes the album with a Pat Metheny song “Always and Forever,” dedicating it to their wives and families. All in all, a restful and enjoyable piano trio album
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Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat Magazine (December 2010)

DownBeat Magazine Review
On Little Town: Carols For Christmas, the North Carolina based trio of pianist Grant Osborne, bassist Peter Innocenti and drummer Jeff Crouse combines exhilaration, refreshing authenticity, good swinging musicianship and an aura of charm and charity to a program that thankfully doesn't bulk up on over-familiar Xmas songs. Oh sure, "White Christmas" and "Silver Bells," like favorite ornaments decorating the tree each year, are present, but so are unexpected delights "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day," "Home" and the perfectly acceptable Amy Grant title tune. On the latter two, guest Jeanne Jolly sings confidently
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David Gasaway

Don't Miss
A superb holiday jazz album. Surprisingly good, in fact, even after hearing the previews. The arrangements and musicianship are first-rate, and Jeanne Jolly really adds something extra special to her tracks. This release deserves to be a holiday classic.
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Nathan Shackles

Just Makes me Happy
I bought this album a week ago and have been playing it nearly non-stop since then. It's one of those albums that just makes you feel good. I try to purchase a couple new Christmas albums each year and I'm so glad I found this one. Every track has it's own unique personality, but I particularly like Little Town, Home (Jeanne Jolly has a mesmorizing voice) and Angels We Have Heard on High. Go buy it, you won't be disappointed!
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Gina Crouse

Little Town - Big Sound!
This is music I would start playing the 1st of November and carry through the Christmas season. Easy listening and puts me in the mood for a great holiday season. Have already given several copies to friends and they are enjoying it! I've met the trio and have enjoyed listening to non-holiday tunes as well. Great for yourself or as a gift.
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Maggie Pate Duffey

Excellent New Addition to Christmas Music Collection
Smooth and sophisotacted...excellent musicians... tasteful arrangements and beautiful choice of songs. Great recording. I highly recommend
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