Merry Christmas!

A Merry Christmas!

by Stan Kenton
     
 

When bandleader Stan Kenton was approached to record an album of holiday music in 1961 he agreed, on one condition -- no songs about singing snowmen or flying reindeer. The resulting album, A Merry Christmas, is a polyphonic masterpiece that is at once progressive and traditional. Included are such well-known classics as "O Tannenbaum" and "The Twelve Days of…  See more details below

Overview

When bandleader Stan Kenton was approached to record an album of holiday music in 1961 he agreed, on one condition -- no songs about singing snowmen or flying reindeer. The resulting album, A Merry Christmas, is a polyphonic masterpiece that is at once progressive and traditional. Included are such well-known classics as "O Tannenbaum" and "The Twelve Days of Christmas" as well as lesser known gems like "The Holly and the Ivy" and "Once in Royal David's City." Featuring Kenton's idiosyncratic style of arranging piercing trumpets over a wooly blanket of trombones and mellophones, this is beautiful, forward-thinking and angular music that addresses both complex classical harmony and Basie-style swing. Epitomizing this is the intricate and delicate harmonic dissonance on "O Come, All Ye Faithful," a must-hear for Kentonites. As a bonus, the album includes Kenton regular trumpeter Maynard Ferguson's stellar 1960 medley "Christmas for Moderns," which features the high-note master's hip takes on such other holiday nuggets as "White Christmas" and "Jingle Bells." Fans should also get a kick out of Kenton's humorous 1963 spoken word piece "What Is Santa Claus?."

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2003
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724358464627
catalogNumber:
84646

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stan Kenton   Primary Artist,Piano,Celeste,Narrator,Bandleader
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Slide Hampton   Trombone
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Rufus "Speedy" Jones   Drums,Bells
Lanny Morgan   Alto Saxophone
Gene Roland   Mellophonium
Clive Acker   Tuba
Jim Amlotte   Bass Trombone
Bud Brisbois   Trumpet
Larry Bunker   Percussion,Bells
Jaki Byard   Piano
Frank Carlson   Drums
Dwight Carver   Mellophonium
Pete Chivily   Bass
Joe Comfort   Bass
Gordon Davison   Mellophonium
Jesse Ehrlich   Choir, Chorus,Celli
Joe Farrell   Tenor Saxophone
Chet Ferretti   Trumpet
Cecil Figelski   Viola,Choir, Chorus
Bob Fitzpatrick   Trombone
Joe Gibbons   Guitar
Hyman Gold   Choir, Chorus,Celli
Allan Harshman   Violin,Choir, Chorus
Paul Heydorff   Trombone
Frank Hittner   Baritone Saxophone
Rick Kiefer   Trumpet
Keith LaMotte   Mellophonium
Willie Maiden   Tenor Saxophone
Larry McGuire   Trumpet
Gareth "Garry" Nuttycombe   Violin,Choir, Chorus
Albert Pollan   Tuba
Emil Richards   Percussion,Bells
Bob Rolfe   Trumpet
Kenny Rupp   Trombone
Tommy Shepard   Trombone
Sanford Skinner   Trumpet
Dalton Smith   Trumpet
Dave Wheeler   Bass Trombone
Art Anton   Drums
Jerry Lestock McKenzie   Drums
Alex Borisoff   Choir, Chorus,Celli
Charlie Saunders   Bass
Jerry Tyree   Trumpet
Bob Knight   Bass Trombone
Williams Vandenberg   Choir, Chorus,Celli
Rubin Decker   Violin,Choir, Chorus
Hy Lesnick   Bass,Choir, Chorus
Joe Burnette   Mellophonium

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Stan Kenton   Arranger
Mel Tormé   Composer
Ralph Carmichael   Arranger
Sidney Arodin   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Reissue Producer
Jesse Ehrlich   String Section
Cecil Figelski   String Section
Hyman Gold   String Section
Allan Harshman   String Section
Willie Maiden   Arranger
Gareth "Garry" Nuttycombe   String Section
Teddy Reig   Producer
Robert Wells   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer
John Reading   Composer
Alex Borisoff   String Section
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lee Gillespie   Producer
Williams Vandenberg   String Section
Rubin Decker   String Section
Hy Lesnick   String Section

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