Popularized by recording artists such as Mariah Carey and Gladys Knight, the traditional spiritual, Jesus, O What a Wonderful Child
, has become a Christmas favorite. This gospel arrangement by Mary McDonald opens with the slow, bluesy sounds of another favorite, Mary Had a Baby
, before shifting gears into the faster, more driving celebration of the second spiritual. It offers a stylized optional brass and rhythm score by Stan Pethel that will have singers and listeners alike singing, What a wonderful Child!
Instrumentation: 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, 2 Alto Saxes, 2 Tenor Saxes, Rhythm.