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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828767538129
  • Catalog Number: 75381

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, Bass Guitar
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Joel Derouin Violin
Brandon Fields Tenor Saxophone
Shane Fontayne Guitar
James Harrah Guitar
Gina Kronstadt Violin, Concert Master
The London Session Orchestra Track Performer
John Lubbock Choir Conductor
Christian McBride Bass
Yvonne S. Moriarty Flugelhorn
Bruce Otto Trombone
Robert Shulgold Flute
Kurt Snyder Flugelhorn
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Hammond Organ
Randy Waldman Piano
John Wittenberg Violin
Susan Chatman Violin
Eric Benét Vocals
Anthony Wilson Guitar
David Carpenter Bass
Rick Mitchell Flute
Mary Anne Steinberger Cello
Billy Childs Trio Piano, fender rhodes
Andrew Radford Bassoon
Jon Ossman Bass
Brian O'Connor Flugelhorn
Technical Credits
Franz Schubert Composer
Leonard Cohen Composer
Gil Goldstein Arranger
Jeremy Lubbock Arranger, Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Buck Ram Composer
Harry Simeone Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
Chris Botti Arranger, Liner Notes
Sammy Cahn Composer
Bobby Colomby Producer, Audio Production, Management
J. Fred Coots Composer
Shane Fontayne Arranger
Kim Gannon Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Steve Hall Mastering
Walter Kent Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
Hugh Martin Composer
Richard Marx Audio Production
Henry Onorati Composer
Charles Paakkari Engineer
Richard Rudolph Composer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Jule Styne Composer
Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston String Arrangements
Robert Wells Composer
Marc Silag Management
Mary Maurer Art Direction
Ralph Blane Composer
Joe Brown Jr. Engineer
Traditional Composer
Billy Childs Trio Arranger, String Arrangements
Lewis Redner Composer
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