Year 'Round Christmas

Year 'Round Christmas

by Don Lanphere
     
 

Too often, jazz Christmas albums come off sounding less than improvisational, nearly approaching the easy listening albums of the world. Try playing something with a long and cherished history and form, and too much improvisation seems almost blasphemous. Hence, many artists shy away from too much destruction of the Christmas classics. Here, the great saxman Don…  See more details below

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Too often, jazz Christmas albums come off sounding less than improvisational, nearly approaching the easy listening albums of the world. Try playing something with a long and cherished history and form, and too much improvisation seems almost blasphemous. Hence, many artists shy away from too much destruction of the Christmas classics. Here, the great saxman Don Lanphere tinkers with a series of classics, in tandem with an outstanding band, and deconstructs them to their most elemental. These classics almost get lost -- somewhere behind the spurts of collective improvisation, exploratory scale searching, and avant-garde drum solos, you suddenly realize that you're listening to "Silver Bells." Here's the trick, though: where others shy away from such improvisation and tenderly stroke the classics in their usual form, Lanphere arranges these such that the pieces come across as pure jazz numbers that happen to be built on the chord changes of the classics. Not Christmas songs played in a jazz format, but pure jazz, with an underlying Christmas mood or undefinable something to it. With players of the caliber they've got here, it makes for an outstanding, refreshing Christmas album -- strong improvisation, excellent soloing all around, and just a hint of the holidays to keep the ambience where it's supposed to be.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2003
Label:
Origin Records
UPC:
0786497400928
catalogNumber:
82373

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Lanphere   Primary Artist,Saxophone
Michael Powers   Guitar
Chuck Deardorf   Bass
Kelly Harland   Vocals
Dean Hodges   Drums
Jeff Hay   Trombone
Marc Seals   Keyboards
James Caddell   Vocals
Jonathan Pugh   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Adolphe Adam   Composer
Michael Powers   Arranger
Don Lanphere   Arranger
Buck Ram   Composer
John Bishop   Cover Design
Ray Evans   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Richard Storrs Willis   Composer
Edmund Hamilton Sears   Composer
John Sullivan Dwight   Composer
John Mason Neale   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Glenn Lorbecki   Engineer
Ron Cole   Arranger
Robert Nyquist   Cover Image
James Pierpont   Composer

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