James Taylor at Christmas

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A thoroughly engaging, warmhearted affair, James Taylor at Christmas trades on JT's friendly tenor and some low-key, jazz-tinged arrangements by producer/arranger Dave Grusin, wishing a mellow Yuletide season to all. A personable vocal trio joins woodwinds and strings for a fireside "Winter Wonderland" (which features trumpeter Chris Botti in an atmospheric solo turn) and a winsome "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Natalie Cole drops by for a flirtatious "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and the great harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans adds angular, introspective solos to a string-rich arrangement of Mel Tormé's "The Christmas Song." For a change of pace, a folk trio ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
A thoroughly engaging, warmhearted affair, James Taylor at Christmas trades on JT's friendly tenor and some low-key, jazz-tinged arrangements by producer/arranger Dave Grusin, wishing a mellow Yuletide season to all. A personable vocal trio joins woodwinds and strings for a fireside "Winter Wonderland" (which features trumpeter Chris Botti in an atmospheric solo turn) and a winsome "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Natalie Cole drops by for a flirtatious "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and the great harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans adds angular, introspective solos to a string-rich arrangement of Mel Tormé's "The Christmas Song." For a change of pace, a folk trio of Taylor (on guitar), Grusin (on piano), and Dave Carpenter (on bass) offers Joni Mitchell's "River" as a spare, melancholic seasonal heartbreaker; and, backed by only pianist Grusin and a string section, Taylor is quietly commanding on a reverent musical interpretation of Alfred Burt's poem "Some Children See Him." That song launches a powerful four-tune climax to the album, as it's followed by the hymn-like "Who Comes This Night"; a somber, orchestrated treatment of the ages-old evergreen "In the Bleak Midwinter"; and a deliberate, poignant pop reading of "Auld Lang Syne," freshened up by JT's gentle reading. With Grusin on piano, John Pizzarelli on guitar, Carpenter on bass, and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums on most cuts, the band crafts a sympathetic backdrop as Taylor wends his way through the textures and timeless themes of his well-considered Christmas journey.
All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
For the most part, holiday-themed albums are about as memorable as what you had for lunch a month ago. As humans continue to evolve, there's a very good chance that we'll develop some sort of yuletide audio bypass valve that will allow us to filter the three-and-a-half million versions of every Christmas song ever made into one solid rendition that either pleases or displeases us, and can be dealt with accordingly. That said, James Taylor's brilliantly titled James Taylor at Christmas is about as inoffensive a collection of seasonal classics as one could hope for. The legendary singer/songwriter's warm voice is the perfect vessel for "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells," and the "Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" because it makes absolutely no impression on the listener.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/10/2006
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 886970032322
  • Catalog Number: 700323

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Winter Wonderland - Chris Botti (3:34)
  2. 2 Go Tell It on the Mountain (3:42)
  3. 3 Jingle Bells (2:57)
  4. 4 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (3:52)
  5. 5 Baby, It's Cold Outside - Natalie Cole & James Taylor (4:17)
  6. 6 River (3:33)
  7. 7 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (3:24)
  8. 8 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) - Toots Thielemans & Toots Thielemans (3:52)
  9. 9 Some Children See Him (4:37)
  10. 10 Who Comes This Night (4:11)
  11. 11 In the Bleak Midwinter (4:12)
  12. 12 Auld Lang Syne (3:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Taylor Primary Artist, Vocals
James "J.T." Taylor Guitar, Vocals
Larry Goldings Organ, Piano, Harmonium, Melodica
David Lasley Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin
Phil Ayling English Horn, Oboe
Chris Botti Trumpet
Jacqueline Brand Violin
Dave Carpenter Bass
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Luis Conte Percussion
Dave Grusin Piano, Celeste
Brian Dembow Viola
George Doering Guitar
Stephen Erdody Celli
Steve Gadd Drums
Julie Gigante Violin
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Clayton Haslop Violin
Dan Higgins Flute
Paula Hochhalter Celli
Roland Kato Viola
Michael Landau Guitar
Bill Liston Clarinet
Kate Markowitz Vocals
Edward Meares Bass
Claudia Parducci Violin
John Pizzarelli Guitar
Katia Popov Violin
Toots Thielemans Harmonica
Cecilia Tsan Celli
Josefina Vergara Violin
Margaret Wooten Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
Arnold McCuller Vocals
Karen Elaine Bakunin Viola
Clifford Carter Synthesizer
Natalie Leggett Violin
Sara Parkins Violin
Ralph Williams Bass Clarinet
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Marlow Fisher Viola
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Ralph Morrison III Violin, Concert Master
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Gary Gray Clarinet
Technical Credits
Joni Mitchell Composer
James "J.T." Taylor Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
James Taylor Audio Production
Larry Goldings Arranger
Frank Loesser Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Dave Grusin Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Haven Gillespie Composer
Don Murray Engineer
Charles Paakkari Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Doug Sax Mastering
Sally Stevens Composer
Russ Titelman Producer, Audio Production
David Bett Art Direction
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Traditional Composer
Gary Borman Management
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Barbara Rose Granatt Management
Alfred S. Burt Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful CD

    I absolutely loved this Christmas CD. I bought a second one for my closest friend. James Taylor is awesome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very enjoyable.

    Good variety, fun to listen to. I love James Taylor.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweet Baby James doesn't disappoint...

    If you enjoy the stylings of James Taylor, you will enjoy this selection of Christmas songs. He does a good job and his usual mellow tones dominate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential Xmas Music from JT - a must have!

    You can't beat James Taylor for setting the magical Christmas mood with this wonderful selection of music. I enjoy playing it even after the holidays, when you need to relax and remember the good times with family and frieds. His soulful voice is so easy to listen to anytime. I highly recommend.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    It's wonderful!!!

    It is a wonderful CD. It has become my favorite and I have a lot of Christmas CD's

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JT makes my Christmas merry!

    As a longtime fan of James Taylor, I couldn't wait to hear the Christmas album, and I was not at all disappointed. That mellow voice, that smooth delivery, that amused, intelligent, and warm approach he brings to his music - it's all here. My favorites are the very cool arrangement of "Jingle Bells" and the melancholy and simply beautiful "River." This music makes me happy, and I listen to it all during the season.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lorsque Noël à Sun Valley & Ketchum devient lumière

    Ces nouveaux disques qui reprennent des chansons à succès produisent un effet répulsif, pour s’exprimer via le passé, s’affranchissant d’un bonheur présent, marchant en écrevisse : à reculons. Ce millésime vient exactement en contredire l’observation, en distinction d’une carrière exceptionnelle de l’un des plus grands compositeurs et chanteurs américain. Initié comme cadeau de Noël, je le découvrais à Sun Valley, Idaho et décorais harmonieusement les pentes de la Bald Mountain des sonorités des grands classiques de Noël. James Taylor revisite les plus beaux thèmes, jusqu’à modifier le tempo de Jingle Bells pour leur donner un pas dansant. L’accompagnement des guitaristes confirmés et les cœurs chaleureux appuyant les basses transforment le « Go tell it on the mountain ». Un vrai délice que l’on pourra entendre de nouveau, sans aller à Ketchum, mais en y pressant le pas ici comme sur le « Trail Creek Road ». Chapeau Monsieur Taylor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than Bette's, Best of This Year's Pop Christmas Releases

    James does an admirable job of taking on some seasonal classics and treasures as well as some lesser known tunes. The orchestration is gorgeous, the jazz arrangements soulful while the overall spirit is an appropriate blend of reverence and joyfulness. JT at Christmas won't win many converts, but it's sure to make his fans very merry.

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