Christmas Light

Christmas Light

by The Blenders
     
 
North Dakota-by-way-of-Minnesota vocal group the Blenders return to seasonal music on Christmas Light, most of the time abandoning their a cappella approach in favor of musical accompaniment. But the vocals and harmonies remain the dominant factors in their music, and they exhibit influences reflecting most of the major pop and

Overview

North Dakota-by-way-of-Minnesota vocal group the Blenders return to seasonal music on Christmas Light, most of the time abandoning their a cappella approach in favor of musical accompaniment. But the vocals and harmonies remain the dominant factors in their music, and they exhibit influences reflecting most of the major pop and jazz harmony ensembles of decades past. The Beach Boys' sound is notable on the Blenders' version of "What Child Is This?," the only song on the disc in which the instrumentation drops out completely. Jazzy arrangements like that for "Children Go Where I Send Thee" sometimes suggest the Manhattan Transfer. On more recent Christmas favorites like Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" and Wham!'s "Last Christmas," the Blenders recall the boy band style of the Backstreet Boys. But perhaps their greatest similarity is to Chicago, a band more known for its horns, although it has always boasted strong harmonies from its three tenor singers. The similarity is accentuated by Chicago's own interest in Christmas music and tendency to rearrange carols to suit their style. The Blenders sound like Chicago particularly on "Sleigh Ride," with its trumpet solos, and a radically reconceived "Joy to the World," which has a horn section. So, anyone who enjoyed Chicago Christmas: What's It Gonna Be, Santa? in 2003 will like Christmas Light in 2011. But it also will attract all fans of accomplished vocal harmony.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2011
Label:
Oarfin Records
UPC:
0786984061021
catalogNumber:
40610

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Performance Credits

Blenders   Primary Artist
Pat Coil   Keyboards
Dave Cleveland   Guitar
John Hammond   Drums
Darren Rust   Bass,Keyboards,Vocal Percussion
Doug Kahan   Bass
Tim Akers   Keyboards
Donnie LaMarca   Keyboards
Jason Webb   Keyboards
Tommy Harden   Drums
Sonny Thompson   Bass
Jean Caze   Flugelhorn
Jeff King   Guitar
Craig Nelson   Bass
Steve Goold   Drums
James Buckley   Bass
Joe Beier   Guitar

Technical Credits

Leroy Anderson   Composer
George Michael   Composer
Rick Bowles   Composer
James Horner   Composer
Mariah Carey   Composer
Dave Hall   Engineer
Will Jennings   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Rex Rideout   Composer
Darren Rust   Producer,Engineer
Samuel A. Ward   Composer
Katherine Lee Bates   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Ledisi Young   Composer

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