Underneath The Mistletoe

Title : Underneath The Mistletoe
Release Date : November 18, 2019

Every strand of music seems to pass through one particular crossroad – Christmas music.
Underneath The Mistletoe hits all the right notes of the season and is sure to make your holidays bright!

Here, East Bay Soul performs classic Christmas Songs with a mix of Funk Jazz, R&B and Soul. Greg Adams, Grammy and Emmy nominated trumpeter’s gorgeous arrangements herald in the season and the soulful R&B vocal by Darryl Walker caress the timeless lyrics of your favorite holiday music.

Adams is one of the world’s best-known musical signatures. As a founding member of Tower of Power, legendary for his arrangements that made the TOP horn section a sought out entity all its own.

Underneath The Mistletoe  marks their 5th studio album and their first Christmas CD as they celebrate their 10thAnniversary.

An amazing ensemble of musicians, that includes keyboardist Nick Milo, former music director for the late Joe Cocker, drummer Herman Matthews who toured extensively with Tom Jones, virtuoso Richard Smith on guitar and funk bass man, Del Atkins.

The band’s horn section that delivers Greg’s percussive horn arrangements is Steve Nieves on alto and tenor sax, Johnnie Bamont on alto, tenor and baritones sax, Michael Stever on lead trumpet and Flugelhorn, and completing the horn section is Lee Thornburg on trumpet, flugelhorn and trombone who was also a member of Tower Of Power as was Herman Matthews and Nick Milo.

Their combined musical pedigree of East Bay Soul reads like a who’s who in pop culture.

Underneath The Mistletoe is the ultimate Christmas experience capturing all of the inspiration and nostalgia of the holiday season. Add the benefit of vision, musical “ know how” and the insight that comes through genuine affection, respect and friendship. Greg Adams and East Bay Soul delivers you the recipe for making very special holiday memories.


SUPER NICE Christmas release!
VERY NICE! Greg your horn parts are super smooth and cool.
And…your arrangements are fresh and special for sure.
The whole band sounds awesome. The production quality to top notch.

Winter Wonderland sounds like a swinging Big Band with Darryl crooning the way.
Solos by all couldn’t be cooler.
Rudolf is funkier than he ever knew he could be!
The Christmas Song makes me want to decorate the tree right now! Darryl gives Mel Torme a run for his money, and Greg’s flugelhorn (?) solo is Chet Baker cool (with better tone than Chet!) Nice string arrangement!
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town is a tight, swing arrangement with a trumpet solo that would make Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison proud.
Silver Bells definitely will have everyone learning how to Waltz again. Darryl does an intimate and warm interpretation. Richard Smith’s sweet guitar solo is perfect.
This Christmas and  Underneath the Mistletoe aregreat examples of rich, full-bodied and tasty Greg Adams arrangements.
Greg’s opening on Christmas Time is Here sets the tone for a warm Christmas with friends and family. You can almost see the crackling fireplace and the glimmering tree from the first note. Johnnie Bamont’s Baritone Sax solo is a luscious as they come.
What Are You Doing New Years Eve portendsa very cool, funky New Year to come!

Merry Christmas & have SUPER Funky New Year!!! ~ Eric Lane

What a great way to ring in the holidays!
Just listened to this amazing CD, it’s a must-buy. Besides the incredible horns, and the rest of the band, you can’t help but be enveloped by Darryl Walker’s sweet smooth voice. ~Eric Rose

CD arrived and I’m blasting it as I type this. Absolutely love it! ~Alison C.