A Mellow Jazz Christmas

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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: 076119100139
  • Catalog Number: 10013
  • Sales rank: 224,203

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Christmas Time Is Here - Stanley Clarke Trio (4:45)
  2. 2 We Three Kings - Stanley Clarke Trio (4:51)
  3. 3 Silent Night, Holy Night - Luther Henderson & His Orchestra (4:53)
  4. 4 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (4:48)
  5. 5 O'Tannenbaum (3:04)
  6. 6 Sleight Ride for One (4:06)
  7. 7 Little Drummer Boy - Bob Conti (3:07)
  8. 8 Let It Snow - Bob Conti (3:36)
  9. 9 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - George Cables (5:22)
  10. 10 White Christmas - Slyde Hyde (8:09)
  11. 11 The Christmas Song - Slyde Hyde (5:09)
  12. 12 Jingle Bells - Paul Smith (1:45)
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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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