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Christmas is a time for many things, but musically, the favorite always seems to be lowered standards. Too many times, bands or vocalists trot 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 ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Christmas is a time for many things, but musically, the favorite always seems to be lowered standards. Too many times, bands or vocalists trot 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" and "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").
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886973225028
  • Catalog Number: 732250

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Be Home For Christmas - Count Basie Big Band (2:12)
  2. 2 Silver Bells - Count Basie Big Band (3:17)
  3. 3 All I Want For Christmas Is You - Count Basie Big Band (4:18)
  4. 4 My Favorite Things - Count Basie Big Band (2:55)
  5. 5 Christmas Time Is Here - Count Basie Big Band (3:59)
  6. 6 Winter Wonderland - Count Basie Big Band (2:31)
  7. 7 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Count Basie Big Band (4:36)
  8. 8 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Count Basie Big Band (2:53)
  9. 9 I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Antonia Bennett (3:31)
  10. 10 The Christmas Waltz - Count Basie Big Band (3:22)
  11. 11 O Christmas Tree - Count Basie Big Band (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Bennett Primary Artist
Monty Alexander Piano
Bill Holman Conductor
John Williams [composer] Baritone Saxophone
Clarence Banks Trombone
Scotty Barnhart Trumpet
Barry Cooper Trombone
Harold Jones Drums
Paul Langosch Piano
Doug Lawrence Tenor Saxophone
Marshall McDonald Alto Saxophone
Lee Musiker Piano, Conductor
Gray Sargent Guitar
Andy Snitzer Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Toots Thielemans Harmonica
Torrie Zito Conductor
James Zollar Trumpet
John Williams Baritone Saxophone
Doug Miller Tenor Saxophone
Alvin Walker II Trombone
Kriss T. Johnson Jr. Trumpet
Doug Miller Tenor Saxophone
Michael Williams Trumpet
William Barnhart Trumpet
Dave Keim Trombone
Grant Langford Alto Saxophone
Alvin Walker Trombone
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 II Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Johnny Mandel Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Lee Musiker Arranger, rhythm arrangement, Music Direction
Phil Ramone Producer, Audio Production
Torrie Zito Arranger
Tom Young Live Sound
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Mark Seliger Cover Photo
Ralph Blane Composer
Lee Mendelson Composer
Traditional Composer
Bill Hughes Director
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