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When I Think of Christmas
     

When I Think of Christmas

by Chris Bennett
 
Chris Bennett has never pretended to be someone who sticks to straight-ahead jazz 100 percent of the time; she sings jazz, but she also performs a lot of pop -- and for Bennett, pop can mean either adult contemporary or traditional pop of the pre-rock variety. Some jazz enthusiasts wish she would record straight-ahead jazz exclusively, but in fact, Bennett is

Overview

Chris Bennett has never pretended to be someone who sticks to straight-ahead jazz 100 percent of the time; she sings jazz, but she also performs a lot of pop -- and for Bennett, pop can mean either adult contemporary or traditional pop of the pre-rock variety. Some jazz enthusiasts wish she would record straight-ahead jazz exclusively, but in fact, Bennett is appealing in both jazz and non-jazz settings. When I Think of Christmas is the Los Angeles resident's first Christmas album, and once you get past the Christmas-oriented lyrics, it is fairly typical of her musical outlook -- one that is relevant to jazz as well as pop. Bennett's more jazz-oriented side asserts itself on the familiar "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," Claude Thornhill's '40s classic "Snowfall" (which receives a bossa nova treatment), and a surprisingly bluesy arrangement of "Do You Hear What I Hear," which alludes to Miles Davis' "All Blues." But there's no getting around the fact that much of the album is straight-up pop, which could be anything from a '40s-like performance of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" to the adult contemporary approach she favors on the sentimental "It Wouldn't Be Christmas" (a Bennett original). If Bennett feels the need to divide her time between jazz and pop, there is no reason why she shouldn't -- as long as she does so tastefully, that is. And even though a few of the tracks are a little too schmaltzy for their own good, When I Think of Christmas is tasteful more often than not and paints a generally likable, if imperfect, picture of Bennett's jazz and non-jazz talents.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2003
Label:
Rhombus Records
UPC:
0768707600120
catalogNumber:
6001

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Bennett   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Oliver Brown   Percussion
Cliff Hugo   Bass
Robert Kyle   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Anita Sherman   Background Vocals
Kleber Jorge   Guitar
Bill Augustine   Piano
Glenn Fisher   Bowed Bass
Marion Ramsey   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Thad Jones   Composer
Claude Thornhill   Composer
Peter Matz   Composer
Chris Bennett   Composer,Producer
Joe Brooks   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Harold Payne   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Kasha   Composer
Jim Studer   Arranger,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,Synthesizer Arrangements
Philip Springer   Composer
Rick Cowling   Composer
Pamela Phillips-Oland   Composer
Noel Regney   Composer
Bill Augustine   Composer
Gloria Shayne   Composer
Tony Springer   Composer
Ruth Thornhill   Composer
Christian Ebner   Composer
J. Javits   Composer

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