Atlanta saxophonist Will Scruggs gets a musical assist from a jazz combo and an extended horn section on his new Christmas album. He also gets a theological assist from his father, Rev. C. Perry Scruggs.
Together, they’ve all taken hymns and folk songs and set them in a suite carefully sequenced to represent key elements of the Christmas story. The title track refers to the fulfillment of a prophecy, as depicted in the biblical canticle of Simeon; musically, it features Brian Hogans (known better as an alto saxophonist) on piano, Dan Baraszu on guitar and special oomph from the backing horns. It also grooves a whole bunch.