released November 20, 2012
Nathan Eklund - trumpet & flugelhorn
Oscar Perez - Fender Rhodes & piano
Tom DiCarlo - bass
Shawn Baltazor - drums
Kevin-Anthony - vocals (on tracks 2&7)
Produced by Nathan Eklund
Recorded & mixed by Nathan Eklund
Recorded Sept 29, 2011 at Fontaine Studios, Bloomfield, NJ
Mastered by Paul Wickliffe at Skyline Productions, Warren, NJ
Photography by Meldayus
Cover Design & layout by John Bishop
"What is Crafty Christmas?" you may ask.
The album title originates from a gathering my sister Annemarie has with three of her friends. Each winter, they get together to make handmade Christmas gifts. In the fall of 2011, I organized this recording as a holiday gift for my parents, Bruce & Barbara Eklund. From the familiar religious hymns and songs of the season to an original of mine, "Two As One" (composed for Annemarie and her husband Aaron's wedding ceremony in 2000), this album has become my "Crafty Christmas." I hope you'll enjoy this gift of music that I share with you.
Special thanks to Oscar, Tom, Shawn, Kevin-A, John & Paul for their help in making this album what I hoped it would be.
Released on OA2 Records - www.oa2records.com
For more info on Nathan, please visit www.nathaneklund.com