The Season

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Jane Monheit followed her 2004 Sony debut, Taking a Chance on Love, with the Christmas album The Season. It's an inevitable release. Monheit's star has risen consistently -- she's one of the darlings or saviors of contemporary vocal jazz alongside artists like Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones -- so something as pretty and easily salable as The Season ensures even more name recognition. Which is just fine. Monheit's rich, if mannered delivery is perfect for the classics "Sleighride," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", and her interpretations of "I Love the Winter Weather/I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" where Ella Fitzgerald's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
Jane Monheit followed her 2004 Sony debut, Taking a Chance on Love, with the Christmas album The Season. It's an inevitable release. Monheit's star has risen consistently -- she's one of the darlings or saviors of contemporary vocal jazz alongside artists like Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones -- so something as pretty and easily salable as The Season ensures even more name recognition. Which is just fine. Monheit's rich, if mannered delivery is perfect for the classics "Sleighride," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", and her interpretations of "I Love the Winter Weather/I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" where Ella Fitzgerald's influence is strong and the Carpenters "Merry Christmas Darling" mix striking professionalism with a gentle, breathy swagger that's pretty endearing. Monheit worked with her usual quartet for The Season, though the arrangement for "Merry Christmas Darling" is filled out with a string section and the horns on "The Man with the Bag" combine with Monheit's winsome, scatting vocal to really take it out of time. Is this 2005 or a classic Perry Como special? The Season is a nice holdover for Monheit, a chance to have some fun with some standards while keeping her name and wonderful voice top of mind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/18/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828767771120
  • Catalog Number: 77711
  • Sales rank: 77,728

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jane Monheit Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Rob Mounsey Conductor
Lew Soloff Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Elena Barere Concert Master
Jean Ingraham Violin
Birch Johnson Trombone
Tony Kadleck Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Jeanne LeBlanc Celli
Ann Leathers Violin
Richard Locker Celli
Jan Mullen Violin
Roger Rosenberg Baritone Saxophone
Andy Snitzer Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Avril Brown Violin
Craig Mumm Viola
Maxine Roach Viola
Yuri Vodovoz Violin
Dave Mann Alto Saxophone
Laura McGinnis Violin
Adrian Benjamin Viola
Arvil Brown Violin
Cecelia Hobbs Gardner Violin
Michael Kanan Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Vince Lionti Viola
Miles Okazaki Guitar
Katherine Fong Violin
Rick Montalbano Drums, Pandeiro
Orlando Le Fleming Bass
Technical Credits
Leroy Anderson Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Donny Hathaway Composer
Rob Mounsey Arranger, String Arrangements, String Conductor
Richard Carpenter Composer
Dudley Brooks Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Linda Jenner Composer
Johnny Marks Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Doug Sax Mastering
Al Schmitt Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Jule Styne Composer
Ralph Blane Composer
Steve Genewick Digital Editing
Sheri G. Lee Art Direction
John Blackburn Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Nadine McKinnor Composer
Hal Stanley Composer
Irving Taylor Composer
Frank Pooler Composer
Michael Kanan Arranger
Jane Monheit Producer, Liner Notes, Vocal Arrangements
Peter Doris Digital Editing
Miles Okazaki Arranger
Rick Montalbano Arranger, Contributor
Susan Bank Management
Peter Rudge Management
Maria P. Marulanda Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    'The Season' is a keepsake album

    'The Season' is a must have album for the coming holidays, and the holidays wouldn't be as special without this album. Jane has chosen some terrific songs for her first Christmas album. She has taken some of the traditional songs, and then jazzed them up. Some examples of this are "Sleighride", and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". Another great tune on this album is "Man With The Bag". An especially moving song on this album is "Grown-up Christmas List". Make sure to listen to this one!! If I could give this album ten stars I would because this is an album you will keep and listen to for years to come. Enjoy!

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