Mellow Jazz Christmas

Mellow Jazz Christmas

     
 

Eight different groups are featured on this Christmas compilation issued by Kind of Blue. An immediate highlight is the Phil Woods Quintet's pulsating treatment of "Sleigh Ride for One" with Brian Lynch battling the alto saxophonist for solo honors. Pianist George Cables,See more details below

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Eight different groups are featured on this Christmas compilation issued by Kind of Blue. An immediate highlight is the Phil Woods Quintet's pulsating treatment of "Sleigh Ride for One" with Brian Lynch battling the alto saxophonist for solo honors. Pianist George Cables, accompanied by bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Victor Lewis, deliver a lush rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Acoustic guitarist Fernando Ramos is the featured soloist in a striking arrangement of "Little Drummer Boy" by the Bob Conti Quartet. The Pete Christlieb/Slyde Hyde Quintet take a fresh look at "White Christmas" by adding a "Killer Joe" like vamp to it, resulting in a smoking performance. Paul Smith's miniature of "Jingle Bells" is humorous, working in a bit of Mozart-like runs. Smooth jazz pianist David Benoit sticks to mainstream jazz with a lively bop setting of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and a bluesy, percussive "O' Tannenbaum." But there are problem tracks. The unusual arrangement of "Silent Night" features Eddie Henderson's rich flugelhorn playing straight-ahead backed by Kevin Hays' distracting synthesizer and a driving rhythm section, neither of which work for the song. The pair of tracks by bassist Stanley Clarke with pianist Patrice Rushen and drummer Ndugu Chancler are disappointing; both "Christmas Time Is Here" and "We Three Kings" sound like mechanical sight readings. Strangely, none of the composers are listed for any of the tunes, most of which are very well known.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2006
Label:
Kind Of Blue
UPC:
0076119100139
catalogNumber:
10013

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Patrice Rushen   Piano
Brian Bromberg   Bass
George Cables   Piano
Pete Christlieb   Saxophone
Billy Hart   Drums
Brian Lynch   Trumpet
Rufus Reid   Bass
Eddie Henderson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Victor Lewis   Drums
David Benoit   Piano
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Bill Charlap   Piano
Stanley Clarke   Bass
Steve Gilmore   Bass
Bill Goodwin   Drums
Charles Harris   Drums
Kevin Hays   Synthesizer,Piano
Jim Hughart   Bass
Joe La Barbera   Drums
Tom Ranier   Piano
Frederico Ramos   Acoustic Guitar
Tom Walsh   Drums
Phil Woods   Clarinet,Saxophone
Slyde Hyde   Euphonium
Bob Conti   Percussion
Jim DeJulio   Bass
Ed Howard   Bass
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Piano

Technical Credits

Clark Germain   Engineer
Jeffrey Weber   Producer
Suzanne Severini   Producer
David Baker   Producer

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