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Dr. K Project - Theme From A Winter Placedotdotdotdot
artworkWith a heavy nod to the Ventures, but with liberal borrowing from many genres, the Dr. K Project pay homage to the winter holiday season. This is a splendid break from the usual sounds of the season.
Picks: Theme From A Winter Place, Winter Holidays, Snowbird, The Christmas Medley, The Christmas Song, Here Comes Santa Claus, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, A Holiday Of The Santa Claus, Plink Plank Plunk, ArabiChristmas, Lamplight, 108 Bells, Jingle Bells, When You Wish Upon A Star

Track by Track Review

Theme From A Winter Place dotdotdot
Guitar Duet (Instrumental)

This is a lovely and fluid guitar duet with a gentle and inviting sound. Very pretty in a slightly sad kind of way!

Winter Holidays dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pumped up Ventures holiday rock'n'roll with heavy reverbed second guitar. Pulsing with muted reverb, traveling forward with beautifully played guitar. The bumpin' bass and drums give it real punch. Very cool!

Snowbird dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

It was a bit of a stretch to imagine how "Snowbird" was going to come out, but transmuted to country instrumental form with an infectious rhythmic energy and a Nashville flavor answered the question. Simply fun!

The Christmas Medley dotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

"White Christmas" opens the medley with deliberate pacing and extremely clean drums, giving it great character. "Joy To The World" is fuzzy and jazzy in an almost Johnny Smith or Chet Atkins style. "I Saw Mammy Kissing Santa Claus" laughs and grooves in a light country vein. "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" opens with the drums playing a riff from "Jingle Bells" before the heavy muted reverb comes dominantly in for an extremely cool Yule ride.

The Christmas Song dotdotdot
Yule Tide (Instrumental)

"The Christmas Song" is just a very pretty rendering that brings a gentle satisfaction and suggest a glowing hearth. Really nice.

Here Comes Santa Claus dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

A bit of country charm and bounce and liquid guitar lines, along with some really fun little transitional fills, make "Here Comes Santa Claus" an inescapably grin-generating track!

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence dotdotdotdotdot
Reggae Surf (Instrumental)

Imagine surf and reggae and holly... "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" is a wonderful example of genre bending and fun. Wonderfully warm and engaging.

A Holiday Of The Santa Claus dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

This is a light journey into a holiday living room somewhere in the outskirts of a Southern town. Imaginative, gentle, and very nice!

Plink Plank Plunk dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Very much in the Ventures' mold, "Plink Plank Plunk" rocks and rolls like a rock instro should. A great melody line bounces above a solid backtrack.

ArabiChristmas dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Wow, this is one cool track. As you might guess, there's Arabic influences a la "Caravan," great muted surf rhythms, warm and round leads, and a near-polka beat. This is highly imaginative and pure fun. Superb!

Lamplight dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

"Lamplight" moves slowly across a midnight sky, backlit by a full moon peaking through a high fog. It's not cold, just misty. It suggest hot chocolate and red velvet.

108 Bells dotdotdotdot
Prog Surf (Instrumental)

Mysterious, exotic, percussive, and jazzy, with a gentle flow in the way some prog instros of the late seventies moved along, but with much more interesting guitar tone. Totally cool!

Jingle Bells dotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

"Jingle Bells" is country, surf, and fun. Played a bit like a minuet at times, like a back porch ballad at others, and featuring final well wishes from the ultra fun Petty Booka, it's truly an adventure. Some guitar lines remind me Buddy Merrill.

When You Wish Upon A Star dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lots of spunk and rockin' coolness as the Dr. K Project move effortlessly between rock and surf rhythm and a Ventures style. Warm and very cool!