Michael Allen Harrison, Enchanted Christmas

Robert Phoenix

By Robert Phoenix

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Portland, Oregon-based pianist/composer Michael Allen Harrison has dabbled in a number of idioms throughout his recording career, including jazz, show tunes and new age. Enchanted Christmas has elements of all three, but overall leans more toward traditional new age, especially on tracks like "Angels We Have Heard on High," in which Harrison matches the likes of George Winston key for key. The great thing about this record is that even when he adds other instruments like strings or synths to particular songs, like "Canon in D," he does so with remarkable restraint — something not always practiced when new age artists take on Christmas classics. This is perfect ambiance music for a romantic holiday evening.