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Classic Christmas Album
     

The Classic Christmas Album

by Tony Bennett
 

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Tony Bennett’s warm style is especially winning on classic Christmas material. The Classic Christmas Album features 17 songs from 4 of Bennett’s Christmas albums, hand-picked by Tony Bennett himself, as well as the previously unreleased “What Child Is This.”

The Classic Christmas Album includes five tracks from the Grammy-nominated A Swingin’

Overview

Tony Bennett’s warm style is especially winning on classic Christmas material. The Classic Christmas Album features 17 songs from 4 of Bennett’s Christmas albums, hand-picked by Tony Bennett himself, as well as the previously unreleased “What Child Is This.”

The Classic Christmas Album includes five tracks from the Grammy-nominated A Swingin’ Christmas (featuring the Count Basie Big Band). A beautiful arrangement on “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” (which also happens to be a rare duet with his daughter, Antonia Bennett) compliments the great accomplishment of treating standards -- like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “My Favorite Things” -- as though they were ripe for the reimagining (which, of course, they are).

Five tracks are pulled from Bennett’s 1968 release, Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album, which features a playful orchestral backup, courtesy of Robert Fanon. The versions of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” emphasize the romantic elements to great effect, while Bennett’s take on “My Favorite Things” is superlative. Where so many artists just re-make the same holiday album every other year, Bennett has opted to append new material to his sole original.

The London Symphony Orchestra lend support on four more traditional favorites; “Deck The Halls,” “O Little Town Of Bethlehem,” “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night.” From the Label

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2011
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886979557628
catalogNumber:
795576

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Bennett   Primary Artist
Monty Alexander   Piano
Bill Holman   Conductor
Ralph Sharon   Piano
Clayton Cameron   Drums
Robert Farnon   Conductor
Harold Jones   Drums
Paul Langosch   Bass
Lee Musiker   Piano,Conductor
Gray Sargent   Guitar
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Torrie Zito   Conductor
Don Jackson   Conductor
Marion Evans   Conductor

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Tony Bennett   Producer
Bill Holman   Arranger
Mel Tormé   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Plácido Domingo   Duet
Buck Ram   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Danny Bennett   Producer,Executive Producer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Arranger,Orchestration
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Robert Farnon   Arranger,Orchestration
Frank Foster   Arranger
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Jack Gold   Producer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Lee Musiker   Arranger,rhythm arrangement
Phil Ramone   Producer
Robert Wells   Composer
Torrie Zito   Arranger
Dick Smith   Composer
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Antonia Bennett   Duet
Traditional   Composer
Marion Evans   Arranger

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