Wild Basin Christmas

Texas State music faculty members Daris Hale, Steve Girko, and Ian Davidson, all members of the Wild Basin Winds, have released a new CD.  The recording, now available on iTunes, CDBaby, and Spotify, is called Christmas Too, a compilation of jazz-inspired arrangements of holiday favorites, by Austin jazz guru Gary Sletcha, scored for woodwind quintet.  Joining the three Texas State professors are flutist, Mathew Krejci from the University of the Pacific and Sacramento Philharmonic, and horn player Tom Hale from the Austin Symphony and Austin Opera orchestras.  Among the titles on the album are Gesu Bambino, Santa Baby, We Three Kings, Frosty the Snowman, Angels We Have Heard on High, Do You Hear What I Hear, and Away in a Manger. The recording was mastered by TXST faculty Gary Hickinbotham and Mark Erickson and is the first collaboration between the Wild Basin Winds and TXST Fire Station Studios.