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Christmas Songs With Ray Brown

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Ray Brown finally got around to producing a Christmas CD and it was worth the wait. The great bassist has seven guest vocalists plus features for tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore and guitarist Russell Malone; his gifted trio includes pianist Geoff Keezer and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Dee Dee Bridgewater at first sings "Away in a Manger" in a traditional vein with only Keezer's fluid piano accompanying her, but Brown's arrangement evolves into a swinging gospel setting. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" showcases Diana Krall in a saucy, recurring call and response with Brown in a bluesy take. Kevin Mahogany is the vocal equivalent of an open fire on a cold night during ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Ray Brown finally got around to producing a Christmas CD and it was worth the wait. The great bassist has seven guest vocalists plus features for tenor saxophonist Ralph Moore and guitarist Russell Malone; his gifted trio includes pianist Geoff Keezer and drummer Gregory Hutchinson. Dee Dee Bridgewater at first sings "Away in a Manger" in a traditional vein with only Keezer's fluid piano accompanying her, but Brown's arrangement evolves into a swinging gospel setting. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" showcases Diana Krall in a saucy, recurring call and response with Brown in a bluesy take. Kevin Mahogany is the vocal equivalent of an open fire on a cold night during "Christmas Song," which also has a nice solo by Russell Malone. Hutchinson does a humorous vocal rap on "The Christmas Rap," a funky original by Brown. Vanessa Rubin, Etta Jones, Marlena Shaw, and Nancy King also each add a distinct individual touch to a holiday favorite. The highlights among the instrumentals begin with a rather unique marchlike cadence that evolves into a Baroque fugue to introduce the centuries-old "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen," featuring Keezer's tremendous chops. Ralph Moore's hard-blowing tenor sax is the centerpiece of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Liner note writer Jon W. Poses' assertion that "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is "the trio's best improvisational vehicle" is difficult to debate. Even though the songs have been recorded countless times over the decades, Ray Brown's crisp and innovative arrangements and his brilliant choice of supporting musicians and singers make this Christmas CD one for the ages.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408343728
  • Catalog Number: 83437
  • Sales rank: 64,693

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ray Brown Trio Primary Artist, Track Performer
Ray Brown Indexed Contributor, Bass
Etta Jones Vocals, Track Performer
Geoff Keezer Piano
Ralph Moore Tenor Saxophone
Vanessa Rubin Vocals, Track Performer
Marlena Shaw Vocals, Track Performer
Nancy King Vocals, Track Performer
Russell Malone Guitar
Dee Dee Bridgewater Vocals, Track Performer
Gregory Hutchinson Drums, Vocals, Track Performer
Kevin Mahogany Vocals, Track Performer
Diana Krall Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Harry Simeone Composer
Michael Bishop Engineer
Ray Brown Arranger, Producer
Katherine Davis Composer
Elaine Martone Producer
Henry Onorati Composer
Robert Woods Executive Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Jon W. Poses Liner Notes
Richard Storrs Willis Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears Composer
Jim Burt Cover Design
James R. Murray Composer
James Pierpont Composer
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