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Melenhead - It's Still Christmas, Vol. 1 (Music From The Melen Patch)dotdotdot
artworkMelenhead is a fine sax player with roots in the blues and with surf influences. This is a combination limited edition of 200 Christmas gift and project CD aimed at placement in film or television. The performances are very soulful, and the arrangements quite fresh. Ronald "Melenhead" Dzlubla - sax / guitars / keys, is supported by Michael Mennell on bass, and Stewart Jean - drums.
Picks: The First Noel, O Come All Ye Faithful, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Silent Night, It's Still Christmas, We Three Kings, O Come All Ye Faithful

Track by Track Review


The First Noel dotdotdot
Soulful Sax (Instrumental)

Melenhead's a astoundingly soulful sax plays a sweet and slightly sad rendition of the holiday classic. Slide guitar is played by Ronnie Brown. Very smooth and romantic.

O Come All Ye Faithful dotdotdot
Soulful Sax (Vocal)

A distant emotional sound carries across a frozen pond as the red-suited fatman glides across a snowy sky. Michael Mennell's vocals are warm and very much at home in front of the hearth. Very smooth.

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen dotdotdotdot
Soulful Sax (Instrumental)

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" gets the gutsy treatment, like a slow hard blues with tinsel and Frankincense. Fine guitar work, saucy sax work, and solid bass and drums. Some ad agency needs to place this in a commercial, or perhaps it belongs under the credits of a film. Either way, it's a fine track. It's really quite striking. Slide guitar here is played by Ronnie Brown. Very cool!

Silent Night dotdotdotdot
Soulful Sax (Instrumental)

Kinda jazzy, kinda suave, this fine interpretation of "Silent Night" is soft and bluesy, with fine musicianship and lush sound. It slowly grooves and softly sways.

It's Still Christmas dotdotdot
Soulful Sax (Vocal)

Sugarplum piano and sleigh bells back a home grown fireplace friendly vocal by Maidel Barrett, who also plays the bells.

We Three Kings dotdotdotdot
Soulful Sax (Instrumental)

This is a dramatic, almost orchestral treatment, with very saucy sax in the lead. The rhythmic acoustic guitar accompaniment spices up the soulful organ. This is very pretty and quite moody.

O Come All Ye Faithful dotdotdot
Soulful Sax (Vocal)

A distant emotional sound carries across a frozen pond as the red-suited fatman glides across a snowy sky. Michael Mennell's vocals are warm and very much at home in front of the hearth. Very smooth.