The Christmas Album

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
For their set of Christmas related material, the Manhattan Transfer welcome such guests as trumpeter Jack Sheldon on "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", Tony Bennett "The Christmas Song", trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb. With arrangements provided for the backing orchestra by Johnny Mandel on a few numbers, highlights of this disc include "Snowfall," a Santa medley and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." A pleasing set of jazz-influenced Christmas music.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
For their set of Christmas related material, the Manhattan Transfer welcome such guests as trumpeter Jack Sheldon on "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", Tony Bennett "The Christmas Song", trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb. With arrangements provided for the backing orchestra by Johnny Mandel on a few numbers, highlights of this disc include "Snowfall," a Santa medley and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." A pleasing set of jazz-influenced Christmas music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2005
  • Label: Sony Special Product
  • UPC: 079899437020
  • Catalog Number: 94370
  • Sales rank: 112,052

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Snowfall (5:35)
  2. 2 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (4:34)
  3. 3 Santa Clause Is Coming to Town/Santa Man (Medley) [Medley] (3:02)
  4. 4 The Christmas Song - Cynthia Kaay Bennett (4:40)
  5. 5 Silent Night, Holy Night (5:55)
  6. 6 Caroling, Caroling (1:24)
  7. 7 Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season (Medley) [Medley] (4:06)
  8. 8 A Christmas Love Song (4:08)
  9. 9 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (5:55)
  10. 10 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (4:39)
  11. 11 Good Night (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Manhattan Transfer Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Ray Kelley Cello
Pete Christlieb Reeds, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Bob Cooper Reeds, Saxophone
Art Davis Bass
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet, Soloist
Gary Foster Reeds, Saxophone
Steve Kujala Reeds, Saxophone
Marshall Royal Reeds, Saxophone
Bobby Shew Trumpet
Janis Siegel Vocals
Ronnie Lang Reeds, Saxophone
Cheryl Bentyne Vocals
Marilyn Baker Viola
Richard Todd French Horn
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Arnold Belnick Violin
Samuel Boghossian Viola
George Bohannon Trombone
Mari Tsumura Violin
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Larry Bunker Percussion
Kenneth Burward-Hoy Viola
Gerald Cinci Violin
Ronald Clark Violin
Jon Clarke Reeds, Saxophone
Larry Corbett Cello
Isabelle Daskoff Violin
Joel Derouin Violin
Chuck Domanico Bass
Assa Drori Violin
Ernest Ehrhardt Cello
Henry Ferber Violin
Chuck Findley Trumpet
Frederick Seykora Cello
Yaron Gershovsky Piano, Soloist
Joseph Goodman Violin
Daniel Greco Percussion
Sol Gubin Percussion, Drums
Diana Halprin Violin
Peter Hatch Viola
Tim Hauser Vocals
Igor Horoshevsky Cello
Jim Hughart Bass
Ralph Humphrey Drums
Jack Sheldon Trumpet, Soloist
Marni Johnson French Horn
Anne Karam Cello
Eddie Karam Conductor
Roland Kato Viola
Peter Kent Violin
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Brian Leonard Violin
Linda Lipsett Viola
Charles Loper Trombone
Warren Luening Trumpet
Margot MacLaine Viola
Johnny Mandel Vocals
Gordon Marron Strings Violin
Quincy McCrary Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus
Dick Mitchell Reeds, Saxophone
Dick Nash Trombone
Buell Neidlinger Bass
Jack Nimitz Reeds, Saxophone
Bobbi Page Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus
Don Palmer Violin
Alan Paul Vocals
John Pisano Guitar
Debra Price Violin
Carol Robbins Harp
David Shamban Cello
Haim Shtrum Violin
Amy Shulman Harp
Jeff Smith Children's Chorus
Marc Smollin Children's Chorus
Sally Stevens Children's Chorus, Children's Choirmaster
Susan Stevens Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus
Margaret Storer Bass
Robert Sushel Violin
Bob Tricarico Reeds, Saxophone
Ian Underwood Keyboards
Gerald Vinci Violin, Concert Master
Brad Warnaar French Horn
James Walker Reeds, Saxophone
Chauncey Welsch Trombone
Hershel Wise Viola
John Wittenberg Violin
Shari Zippert Violin
Gayle Levant Harp
Leslie Woodbury Violin
Ann Atkinson Bass
Ray Kelly Cello
Jeff de Rosa French Horn
Suzie Katayama Cello
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Marc Schillinger Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus
Jules Chaikin Conductor, Performing Ensemble
Charlie Davis Trumpet
Jeffery Smith Choir, Chorus
Ken Barward Hoy Viola
Fred Seykoura Cello
Josh Weiner Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus
Annette Atkinson Bass
Arielle Paul Vocals, Children's Voices
Basie Hauser Vocals, Children's Voices
Don Shelton Reeds, Saxophone
George Bohanon Trombone
Nicolas Nackley Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus
Jonathan Redford Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus
Keely Pickering Vocals, Children's Voices
Don Shelton Reeds, Saxophone
Michael Nowak Viola
Marc Sazer Violin
Technical Credits
Tony Bennett Contributor
Janis Siegel Contributor, Vocal Arrangements
Mel Tormé Composer
Cheryl Bentyne Contributor, Vocal Arrangements
Franz Gruber Composer
Corey Allen Vocal Arrangements
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Tim Hauser Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Jimmy Joyce Vocal Arrangements
Johnny Mandel Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Vocal Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Alan Paul Contributor, Vocal Arrangements
Gene Puerling Vocal Arrangements
Dave Reitzas Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Sally Stevens Director
Robert Wells Composer
Suzie Katayama Supervising Copyist
Nancy Donald Art Direction
Richard Storrs Willis Arranger, Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears Composer
Basie Hauser Producer
Jack Schrader Arranger
Alfred S. Burt Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you listen to this while driving, remember to keep your eyes open!

    When I first listened to this CD, I knew I was going to give it to my best friend for Christmas. How about you: Do you like the Andrews Sisters for one and the Four Freshmen for another? Then the Manhattan Transfer, with their two female and two male harmonists, will give you the best of both worlds: On this CD, they present themselves as the legit heirs of the two abovementioned swing era greats. But they go beyond that, with symphonic orchestral arrangements that stretch harmonies and progressions in a way Claude Thornhill would not have in his day. Now why Claude Thornhill for an historical reference? Because it is his signature piece, "Snowfall," that opens this CD. A dessert for an appetizer--unusual, but it does set the mood. All in all, the CD presents a neat cross-section of Holiday favorites in America during the 20th century. The Manhattan Transfer version of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" is the present-day complement to the vintage Nat King Cole recording. "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" comes with the lyrics made popular by Judy Garland rather than the more wistful wartime lyrics sung by Frank Sinatra. The only disappointment is the concluding Lennon & McCartney pop ballad, "Goodnight," which is not up to the more sophisticated standards set by the other pieces. The spoken fill-in children's voices cannot salvage this misfit. Oh well... but wasn't there a more refined dessert right at the beginning of the CD? There you go: Set the play mode to auto repeat, that'll work--it worked for my best friend.

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