Jingle All the Way

Jingle All the Way

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by Béla Fleck
     
 

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Grammy-winning banjo "fusionist" Béla Fleck and his Flecktones may be the most qualified collective to inject some life into the notoriously monotonous "holiday music" scene, and Jingle All the Way (one would think that an innovator like Fleck could come up with a more creative "Christmas" album title, or at least one that doesn't directly reference a 1996

Overview

Grammy-winning banjo "fusionist" Béla Fleck and his Flecktones may be the most qualified collective to inject some life into the notoriously monotonous "holiday music" scene, and Jingle All the Way (one would think that an innovator like Fleck could come up with a more creative "Christmas" album title, or at least one that doesn't directly reference a 1996 Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy), doesn't disappoint. All of the standards are here ("Sleigh Ride," "Silent Night," "Twelve Days of Christmas"), but they're filtered through the skewed prism of an outfit capable of just about anything from klezmer, to classical to Tuvan throat singing -- the latter is provided by the internationally acclaimed Alash Ensemble. It's not all wacky though, as Fleck, Victor Wooten, Jeff Coffin, and Future Man prove reverent when needed, especially on a cover of Joni Mitchell's "River" and the Vince Guaraldi classics "Linus and Lucy" and "Christmas Time Is Here." Jingle All the Way, despite its groaner of a title and questionable "frontman in Santa hat with eggnog" photo, is anything but predictable.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/30/2008
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661061620
catalogNumber:
610616

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Béla Fleck   Primary Artist,Banjo,Piano,Electric Banjo
Edgar Meyer   Double Bass,Guest Appearance
Andy Statman   Clarinet,Mandolin,Guest Appearance
Jeff Coffin   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Saxophone
Victor Wooten   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar
Future Man   Synthesizer,Percussion,Synthaxe
Alash Ensemble   Vocals,Throat Singing,Guest Appearance
Bady Dorzhu Ondar   Igil,Guest Appearance
Sean Quirk   Guest Appearance
Ayan Ool Sam   Vocals,Doshpulur,Guest Appearance
Mai Ool Sedip   Byzaanchi,Guest Appearance
Ayan Shirizhik   Guest Appearance
Sean Quirk   Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Leroy Anderson   Composer
Edgar Meyer   Arranger
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Andy Statman   Arranger
Jeff Coffin   Arranger
Béla Fleck   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Johnny Marks   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Roy Wooten   Arranger
Victor Wooten   Arranger
Ralph Blane   Composer
Richard Battaglia   Engineer
Lee Mendelson   Composer
Patrick Granado   overdub engineer
Robert Battaglia   Engineer
Alash Ensemble   Arranger
Ayan Ool Sam   Arranger

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Jingle All the Way 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
rcr More than 1 year ago
Unique approach to presentation of Christmas music
Only1God More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this CD. My husband is a huge fan so this was purchased for him but I found it to be a great addition to our Christmas collection of music.
Lanternlad More than 1 year ago
I first ran across Bela Fleck when he was (for lack of a better term) assisting Dave Matthews on his "Before These Crowded Streets" CD. Suffice to say, my CD collection was not replete with banjo/rock/jazz fusion artists to begin with. I took a tumble with a couple of his CDs and liked what I heard. I found out about "Jingle All The Way" and decided to give it a shot. It is any easy CD to recommend if you like your Christmas music a little unconventional. There's no denying the talent that both he and all the Flecktones possess. If you're a bass player (like myself) than you're probably already heard of Victor Wooten and all the wonderful things he can do with the bass. Jeff Coffin and Future Man round out the talented ensemble. If you like Christmas music a little out of the ordinary, then this is the disc for you.