December [2006]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The story about there being more suicides around the holidays turns out to be a myth, but like all urban legends, it caught on among the populace or at least among lazy journalists because it sounds like it should be true; as trumpeter Chris Botti writes in a sleeve note to his seasonal collection, December, "At no other time of the year is there a wider array of emotions than the month of December." This is a clue that Botti, in acceding to his record company's request that he undertake a Christmas album, was not interested in simply celebrating the season in his interpretations of holiday standards. There have been other such contemplative Christmas records: George ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The story about there being more suicides around the holidays turns out to be a myth, but like all urban legends, it caught on among the populace or at least among lazy journalists because it sounds like it should be true; as trumpeter Chris Botti writes in a sleeve note to his seasonal collection, December, "At no other time of the year is there a wider array of emotions than the month of December." This is a clue that Botti, in acceding to his record company's request that he undertake a Christmas album, was not interested in simply celebrating the season in his interpretations of holiday standards. There have been other such contemplative Christmas records: George Winston's album, also called December, is calm rather than celebratory, and Barbra Streisand's Christmas Memories, released in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, is another collection that takes in the season's complexities. Add Botti's album to that list. The approach, of course, fits in with the trumpeter's overall musical style. Often heard through a mute, his playing usually has an intimate, low-key character, and that is true here, too. Critics have compared him to Miles Davis, and to that one easily may add Chet Baker, especially because like Baker, Botti has chosen to sing here, applying an adequate tenor to Richard Marx's "Perfect Day" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" the latter one of the more troubled of lyrics to become a Christmas standard. It isn't all doom and gloom, of course; there's a playful reading of "Winter Wonderland," for instance. But this is still an album to be put on in the shank of the evening when the Christmas festivities have subsided, not at the height of the celebrations. [December was re-released in 2006 with a slightly different track list.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 887254263722
  • Catalog Number: 542637

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Botti Primary Artist, Trumpet
Brian Bromberg Bass
Billy Childs Piano, fender rhodes
Peter Erskine Percussion, Drums
Steve Kujala Flute
Bob Sheppard Alto Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Haslip Bass
Richard Bullock Bassoon
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Joel Derouin Violin
Brandon Fields Tenor Saxophone
Shane Fontayne Guitar
James Harrah Guitar
Gina Kronstadt Violin, Concert Master
John Lubbock Choir Conductor
Christian McBride Bass
Yvonne S. Moriarty Flugelhorn
Bruce Otto Trombone
Robert Shulgold Flute
Kurt Snyder Flugelhorn
Randy Waldman Piano
John Wittenberg Violin
Susan Chatman Violin
Anthony Wilson Guitar
Andrew Picken Viola
Mary Anne Steinberger Cello
Andrew Radford Bassoon
Jon Ossman Bass
Nicholas Lane Trombone
Donald Markese Clarinet
Cj Vanston Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond B3
David Carpenter Bass
Richard Mitchell Flute
John Van Houton Jr. Tuba
Justin Hagerman Flugelhorn
St. Jon's Choir London Session Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Brian O'Connor Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Franz Schubert Composer
Leonard Cohen Composer
Billy Childs Arranger, String Arrangements
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger, Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Chris Botti Arranger
Sammy Cahn Composer
Bobby Colomby Producer, Management
J. Fred Coots Composer
Katherine Davis Composer
Shane Fontayne Arranger
Kim Gannon Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
Hugh Martin Composer
Henry Onorati Composer
Richard Rudolph Composer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Jule Styne Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Dick Smith Composer
Marc Silag Management
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Ralph Blane Composer
Joe Brown Jr. Engineer
Christopher J. Roberts Engineer
Steve Hall Mastering
Cj Vanston String Arrangements
Charlie Paakaari Engineer
Haydn Bendell Engineer
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