PEGGY DUQUESNEL is pleased to present her latest recording, "
All I Ask for Christmas,"
a double album with 21 tracks separated into an instrumental disc and a vocal disc. The project features several popular Christmas standards along with four of Peggy'
s original Christmas songs. It highlights her fluid piano improvisations and inviting vocals with a trio that includes Brian Bromberg on bass and Joe La Barbera on drums. Extra finesse and colors are added by Brian Kilgore on percus-W. Rick Braun on flugelhorn and Jay Leach on guitar. Vocalist Bill Cantos is featured on three duets with Peggy, including the title cut, as well as introducing vocalist Emma Werderman, who joins Peggy on Mary Did You Know for another moving duet. Duquesnel'
s jazzy / pop arrangements and songwriting capture her eclectic jazz background and warm personality.
“Peggy Duquesnel creates a Christmas Classic! Duquesnel has a relaxed, easy style, both vocally and instrumentally, creating a distinctive musical voice.
- Sander Roscoe Wolff, Long Beach Post (Dec 09, 2013)
“Sometimes you should not wait until Christmas to give gifts to yourself or others. "All I Ask for Christmas" is an ideal present for the quick deciders.
- Hans-Bernd Hulsmann, Smooth Jazz Daily (Nov 13, 2013)
“Throughout, Peggy's backed by a star quartet - Brian Bromberg (bass) Joe La Barbera (drums), Jay Leach (guitar) and Brian Kilgore (percussion) and between them they offer versions of tunes like 'Little Drummer Boy', 'Silent Night' and 'O Christmas Tree' in a style that mixes the classic Christmas sounds of the 50s with the flavour of contemporary acoustic jazz.
- Bill B, Soul and Jazz and Funk (Nov 11, 2013)
“Peggy transforms many of our beloved Christmas carols into seriously bopping and strolling jazz numbers sprinkled with a healthy amount of country influence."
Each track has its own appealing twist -
What Child Is This?"
resembling "Take Five".
- Ronald Jackson, Smooth Jazz Ride (Oct 28, 2013)
“An elegant and sophisticated riff on Christmas favorites and inspired originals!
- Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com , Critical Jazz (Oct 23, 2013)
“A Charlie Brown Christmas," featuring the Vince Guaraldi Trio is one of the true standouts, yet few subsequent releases have mined the jazz territory explored on that album. Jazz singer-keyboardist and composer Peggy Duquesnel has just issued the wonderful "All I Ask for christmas," an ambitious two-disc album that captures the magic of that beloved vintage release as well as the melancholy of some of that era's golden recordings.
- Robert Kinsler, The Desert Star (Dec 18, 2013)