Wall Street Journal

Marc Myers

Son of a minister, Atlanta saxophonist Will Scruggs assembled 11 canticles, hymns and traditional folk melodies to create a holiday narrative and jazz suite.

Working with seven horns and a five-piece rhythm section, Mr. Scruggs arranged songs like “We Three Kings,” “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” and “Joy to the World.” Despite its religious theme, the album is distinctly a jazz effort—complete with fusion passages, World percussion and reed improvisation by Mr. Scruggs. An uplifting instrumental tale—free from the cloying clutches of Tin Pan Alley.

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