Christmas with Houston Person & Etta Jones

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Tired of those bland Christmas jazz records that fail to capture the emotion and fervor of the season? Looking for an album that puts heart and soul into this momentous holiday? Then look no further than this album by Etta Jones and Houston Person neither of whom are on all cuts and other musicians who also not only want to play these songs for their holiday value, but for their musical value as well. With Jones' blues- and R&B-inflected vocal delivery, coupled with the sensuous and passionate sax of Person, this CD turns out to be one of the more attractive jazz Christmas albums extant. Instead of a sugar-coated version of the king of all Christmas pop tunes, "White ...
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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
Tired of those bland Christmas jazz records that fail to capture the emotion and fervor of the season? Looking for an album that puts heart and soul into this momentous holiday? Then look no further than this album by Etta Jones and Houston Person neither of whom are on all cuts and other musicians who also not only want to play these songs for their holiday value, but for their musical value as well. With Jones' blues- and R&B-inflected vocal delivery, coupled with the sensuous and passionate sax of Person, this CD turns out to be one of the more attractive jazz Christmas albums extant. Instead of a sugar-coated version of the king of all Christmas pop tunes, "White Christmas," Jones and the trio of Horace Ott, Wilbur Bascomb, and Cecil Brooks III take this tune down a gently swinging lane. Peter Martin Weiss' bass and Stan Hope's piano are featured on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and demonstrate that even a religious Christmas carol offers improvisational opportunities without detracting from the carol's solemn message. With Randy Johnson's rangy guitar kicking it off, Jones knocks the stuffings out of "Merry Christmas Baby" with her blues-soaked delivery, as the front line of Bill Easley and Johnny Coles make this a true jazz offering whose theme just happens to be a Yuletide one. But the album's pièce de résistance is Jones' rendition, complete with catch in the voice, of one of the saddest, most forlorn of all Christmas tunes, "I'll Be Home for Christmas" from World War II. This is one of those albums where it's best to listen with heavily spiked egg nog or another favorite alcoholic bracer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/1997
  • Label: 32. Jazz Records
  • UPC: 604123293426
  • Catalog Number: 32034

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Medley: I'll Be Home for Christmas/You're All I Want for Christmas (2:44)
  2. 2 Blue Christmas - Peter Martin Weiss (6:51)
  3. 3 I'll Be Home For Christmas (3:12)
  4. 4 Merry Christmas, Baby - Peter Martin Weiss (9:17)
  5. 5 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Peter Martin Weiss (4:25)
  6. 6 Merry Christmas, Baby - Horace Ott (5:31)
  7. 7 What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Peter Martin Weiss (8:08)
  8. 8 The Christmas Song - Peter Martin Weiss (5:17)
  9. 9 White Christmas - Horace Ott (3:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Houston Person Primary Artist, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Cecil Brooks III Drums
Johnny Coles Flugelhorn
Bill Easley Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Etta Jones Vocals, Track Performer
Stan Hope Piano
Randy Johnston Guitar
George Devens Vibes
Sammy Figueroa Percussion
Horace Ott Keyboards
Chip White Drums
Peter Martin Weiss Bass
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Bass
Technical Credits
Houston Person Arranger, Producer
Mel Tormé Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Joel Dorn Producer, Liner Notes
Kim Gannon Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Walter Kent Composer
Gene Paul Mastering
Tony Viamontes Engineer
Robert Wells Composer
Nancy Dwyer Art Direction
Page Simon Art Direction
Lou Baxter Composer
Traditional Composer
Johnny Moore Composer
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