Contemporary Jazz Christmas

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This Christmas collection is a sampler featuring various GRP artists playing Yuletide favorites. Although associated with so-called contemporary jazz, most of the interpretations by the musicians are either straight-ahead or lightly funky. Heard from on the CD are George Howard, B.B. King "Merry Christmas Baby", Tom Scott, Phil Perry, Chick Corea's Elektric Band "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", Spyro Gyra "I'll Be Home for Christmas", Nelson Rangell playing piccolo on a fine version of "Let It Snow, Let It Snow", David Benoit, Lee Ritenour, Diane Schuur, Russ Freeman of the Rippingtons, and Dave Grusin. High-quality background music that ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This Christmas collection is a sampler featuring various GRP artists playing Yuletide favorites. Although associated with so-called contemporary jazz, most of the interpretations by the musicians are either straight-ahead or lightly funky. Heard from on the CD are George Howard, B.B. King "Merry Christmas Baby", Tom Scott, Phil Perry, Chick Corea's Elektric Band "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", Spyro Gyra "I'll Be Home for Christmas", Nelson Rangell playing piccolo on a fine version of "Let It Snow, Let It Snow", David Benoit, Lee Ritenour, Diane Schuur, Russ Freeman of the Rippingtons, and Dave Grusin. High-quality background music that should please fans of the idiom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/1997
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • UPC: 011105988728
  • Catalog Number: 9887

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The First Noel - George Howard (4:56)
  2. 2 Merry Christmas, Baby - B.B. King (3:57)
  3. 3 Feliz Navidad - Tom Scott (4:18)
  4. 4 The Christmas Song - Phil Perry (4:20)
  5. 5 God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Chick Corea (4:20)
  6. 6 I'll Be Home for Christmas - Spyro Gyra (3:29)
  7. 7 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Nelson Rangell (3:59)
  8. 8 Christmas Time Is Here - David Benoit (4:08)
  9. 9 White Christmas - Lee Ritenour (3:11)
  10. 10 I'll Be Home for Christmas - Diane Schuur (4:17)
  11. 11 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Russ Freeman (3:00)
  12. 12 Some Children See Him - Dave Grusin (5:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gerald Albright Saxophone
Michael Franks Vocals
Frank Gambale Guitar
George Howard Soprano Saxophone, Track Performer
Pat Kelley Guitar
John Patitucci Bass, Electric Bass
Nelson Rangell Piccolo, Track Performer
Diane Schuur Vocals, Track Performer
Tom Scott Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Spyro Gyra Track Performer
John Beasley Synthesizer
Tom Schuman Piano
Dwayne Smith Electric Bass
Phil Perry Vocals, Background Vocals
Brad Dutz Percussion
Michael Abene Piano
Jay Beckenstein Alto Saxophone
David Benoit Piano, Track Performer
James Bolden Trumpet
Oskar Cartaya Bass
Kevin Chokan Guitar
Tony Coleman Tambourine
Chick Corea Piano, Track Performer
Dave Grusin Piano, Track Performer
Mike Doster Bass
Calep Emphrey Drums
Mark Falchook Keyboards
Chuck Findley Flugelhorn
Johnny Friday Drums, Timbales
Ray Griffin Drums
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Chip Jackson Bass
Munyungo Jackson Percussion
B.B. King Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Walter King Alto Saxophone
Joe La Barbera Drums
Eric Marienthal Saxophone
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Tom McMorran Piano
Dan Neufeld Viola
Dave Ratajczak Drums
Lee Ritenour Guitar, Track Performer
Joel Rosenblatt Drums
David Samuels Vibes, Mallet Synthesizer
David Shamban Cello
Haim Shtrum Violin
Darryl Otis Smith Keyboards
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
James Toney Piano
Leon Warren Guitar
Tom Warrington Bass
Dave Weckl Drums
Technical Credits
Felix Mendelssohn Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
José Feliciano Composer
Vince Guaraldi Composer
George Howard Arranger
Tom Scott Programming
Mel Tormé Composer
Page Cavanaugh Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Michael Abene Arranger
Jay Beckenstein Arranger
Chick Corea Arranger
Dave Grusin Arranger
Kim Gannon Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Lee Ritenour Arranger
Jack Smalley Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Charles Wesley Composer
Isabelle Wong Graphic Design
Hollis King Art Direction
Lee Mendelson Composer
William Sandys Composer
Eric Neuser Digital Editing
Traditional Composer
Alfred S. Burt Composer
Russ Freeman Arranger, Instrumentation
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