Big Band Christmas

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/15/1998
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431484424
  • Catalog Number: 4844
  • Sales rank: 174,339

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass Primary Artist
Rob McConnell Indexed Contributor, Valve Trombone
Ed Bickert Guitar
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
The 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
George Horn Mastering
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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