Making Spirits Bright: A Smooth Jazz Christmas

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All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
A host of contemporary jazz stars fills this excellent compilation of traditional holiday music with smooth jazz inflections; jazzy vocals; and dashes of funk, R&B, and world music. Making Spirits Bright features such stellar jazz artists as Lee Ritenour opening with a beautiful smooth jazz version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Diana Krall singing a swinging version of "Jingle Bells," and Gerald Albright out front on saxophone playing a funky but melodic version of "This Christmas." Marc Antoine's guitar is reflective and speaks softly on "What Child Is This?" Dave Grusin's lively "Suite de Nuestra Navidad" closes the program, adding a diverse mix to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paula Edelstein
A host of contemporary jazz stars fills this excellent compilation of traditional holiday music with smooth jazz inflections; jazzy vocals; and dashes of funk, R&B, and world music. Making Spirits Bright features such stellar jazz artists as Lee Ritenour opening with a beautiful smooth jazz version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Diana Krall singing a swinging version of "Jingle Bells," and Gerald Albright out front on saxophone playing a funky but melodic version of "This Christmas." Marc Antoine's guitar is reflective and speaks softly on "What Child Is This?" Dave Grusin's lively "Suite de Nuestra Navidad" closes the program, adding a diverse mix to the music with its happy, lively, Latin flavors. His piano softly underscores a beautiful flute solo and lends the perfect spirit of the holidays -- peace, love, and goodwill. Making Spirits Bright is highly listenable and even more enjoyable because of its up-to-date 21st century versions of some of the world's favorite holiday music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2001
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 731454983921
  • Catalog Number: 549839
  • Sales rank: 134,011

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Jarreau Vocals
Will Downing Vocals
Gerald Albright Bass, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Richard Elliot Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sample Piano
Jeff Lorber Keyboards
John Beasley Piano, Keyboards
Jeff Golub Guitar
Bruce Dukov Violin
Alex Acuña Drums
David Benoit Piano
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Joyce Cooling Guitar, Vocals
Dave Grusin Piano
Melvin Davis Bass
Walfredo Reyes Percussion
Dan Higgins Flute
Tony Maiden Guitar
Alan Pasqua Strings, Electric Piano, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass
John Pena Bass
Karie Prescott Viola
Lee Ritenour Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Strings, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Synthesizer Bass
Ramon Stagnaro Guitar
Diana Krall Piano, Vocals
Marc Antoine Guitar
Tim Welvaars Harmonica
Jochem van der Saag Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Sample Arranger
Mel Tormé Composer
Jeff Lorber Arranger
John Beasley Arranger
Paul Mitchell Engineer
Buck Ram Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Brian Baker Engineer
David Benoit Arranger
Dave Grusin Arranger
Steve Dubin Arranger, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Kim Gannon Composer
Bud Harner Producer
Walter Kent Composer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Johnny Mandel Producer
Don Murray Engineer
Lee Ritenour Arranger, Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Engineer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Robert Wells Composer
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
Hollis King Art Direction
Joseph Mohr Composer
William Sandys Composer
Traditional Composer
Jochem van der Saag Arranger, Programming, Engineer, Sound Design
T. Connor Composer
James Pierpont Composer
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