Two or three years ago I bought this CD, because a year earlier I heard Sanctuary and Christian Forshaw on the radio, performing Let all Mortal Flesh Keep Silence. I was converted there and then. Since then I've listened to Forshaw's music whatever the time of year. His performances on the saxophone, and the accompnaying organ, soloists and ensemble create a sound that for me is unique in its range from intensity to serenity. The saxophone solos have the capacity to evoke profound feelings of joy, or longing, and sometimes that mystertious combination of both for their are few things touch our deepest longings more tenderly than joy remembered or joy anticipated.
One of my ambitions is to hear Christian Forshaw at a live concert, most of which take place in England, and often at times I'm not free to postpone other responsibilities and just go! But it's on my must do list - along with several other events / experiences I want to attend or make possible. Maybe I need a must do this year list - which would include coffee with an as yet unmet friend, a visit to the Amsterdam Art Galleries, and a Christian Forshaw Concert. Mhmm. These would do fine!
Meanwhile, if you're tired of the run of the mill Christmas CD avalanche of average, go to Amazon, get this CD, and redeem advent by recovering or rediscovering that joyful longing that beats at the heart of our Faith, "The Word became flesh, and dwelt amonst us..."