Swingin' Christmas [Deluxe Edition]

A Swingin' Christmas [Deluxe Edition]

by Tony Bennett
     
 

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Christmas is a time for many things, but musically, the favorite always seems to be lowered standards. Too many times, a band or vocalist trots out the usual chestnuts with few acknowledgements of their usual artistic capabilities. How nice, then, to find Tony Bennett continuing to exercise his high quality control with 2008's A Swingin' Christmas, featuring

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Christmas is a time for many things, but musically, the favorite always seems to be lowered standards. Too many times, a band or vocalist trots out the usual chestnuts with few acknowledgements of their usual artistic capabilities. How nice, then, to find Tony Bennett continuing to exercise his high quality control with 2008's A Swingin' Christmas, featuring the Count Basie Big Band. The excellence on display begins with the charts, which on the big-band sides come mostly from Bill Holman -- along with a beautiful arrangement on "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" from the dearly departed Frank Foster (long a linchpin for the Basie band). Holman's great accomplishment here is to treat standards -- like "I'll Be Home for Christmas" or "My Favorite Things" -- as though they were ripe for the reimagining (which, of course, they are). Producer Phil Ramone balances the accompaniment well, moving from small group to big band with no speed bumps, and the basic quartet is anchored by pianist Monty Alexander (who Bennett thanks "for sitting in and playing in a Basie style"). Although Bennett's voice shows increasing signs of age here, his interpretive gifts are untouched and unimpeachable, especially when the material calls for sensitivity (the closing "O Christmas Tree," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"). [A deluxe edition included a bonus DVD with the making of the album.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0886973432129
catalogNumber:
734321

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist
Monty Alexander   Piano
Bill Holman   Conductor
Clarence Banks   Trombone
Barry Cooper   Trombone
Harold Jones   Drums
Paul Langosch   Piano
Doug Lawrence   Tenor Saxophone
Lee Musiker   Piano,Conductor
Gray Sargent   Guitar
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Toots Thielemans   Harmonica
Torrie Zito   Conductor
James Zollar   Trumpet
Alvin Walker   Trombone
Kriss T. Johnson   Trumpet
Dave Keim   Trombone
Grant Langford   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Bill Holman   Arranger
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Dae Bennett   Engineer
Danny Bennett   Executive Producer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Frank Foster   Arranger
Kim Gannon   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Lee Musiker   Arranger,rhythm arrangement,Music Direction
Phil Ramone   Producer
Torrie Zito   Arranger
Tom Young   Live Sound
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Mark Seliger   Cover Photo
Ralph Blane   Composer
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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