Big Band Christmas

Big Band Christmas

by Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass
     
 
Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass add plenty of spice to this Christmas jazz CD, not only with superb, fresh charts but a few surprising selections. The rich brass and reeds carry the deliberate rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which segues into a perky Latin-flavored chart of "I'll Be Home for Christmas." "Away in a Manger" is not the commonly

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Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass add plenty of spice to this Christmas jazz CD, not only with superb, fresh charts but a few surprising selections. The rich brass and reeds carry the deliberate rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which segues into a perky Latin-flavored chart of "I'll Be Home for Christmas." "Away in a Manger" is not the commonly heard melody but one first written in 1887, though the music will likely be familiar, even if one doesn't associate it with the well-known lyrics. The lush setting of "The Christmas Song," which likely set Mel Tormé and Bob Wells for life with royalty checks due to its many recordings, showcases the leader's valve trombone and pianist David Restivo. "My Favorite Things," originally written for The Sound of Music, has gradually been transformed into double duty as a Christmas carol; this swinging interpretation works very well. Johnny Mandel, the composer of many memorable melodies, deserves greater recognition for his gorgeous piece "A Christmas Love Song"; this arrangement deserved to help put it on the jazz map. Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass consistently delivered first-rate music throughout their existence, this holiday CD no exception.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/1998
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0013431484424
catalogNumber:
4844

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Performance Credits

Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass   Primary Artist
Ed Bickert   Guitar
Rob McConnell   Valve Trombone
Moe Koffman   Clarinet,Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Pat La Barbera   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Guido Basso   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Alex Dean   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Leonard   Clarinet,Flute,Percussion,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Bob Livingston   Trombone
John MacLeod   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Steve McDade   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ted Warren   Drums
Alastair Kay   Trombone
Ernie Pattison   Bass Trombone
Dave Restivo   Piano
Kevin Turcotte   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jim Vivian   Bass
Boss Brass   Track Performer
John Johnson   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Dave Dunlop   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jerry Johnson   Trombone
James MacDonald   French Horn

Technical Credits

Rob McConnell   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
John Burk   Executive Producer
Phil Edwards   Producer,Engineer
Robert Walston   Art Direction
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears   Composer
Ben Switzer   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Vanya Drakul   Engineer
James R. Murray   Composer
Lewis Redner   Composer
J. R. Murray   Composer

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