Year 'Round Christmas

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
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: 1/1/2003
  • Label: Origin Records
  • UPC: 805558237324
  • Catalog Number: 82373

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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