Boogie Woogie Christmas [2004]

Boogie Woogie Christmas [2004]

by Brian Setzer
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Boogie Woogie Christmas [2004]

With a ringing electric guitar and a brassy big band, Brian Setzer delivers a festive Yuletide on Boogie Woogie Christmas. Like the seasoned hot-rodder he is, the onetime Stray Cat refits stock holiday tunes with some custom parts and revs up the fun. The Grammy-winning guitarist puts his own rockabilly stamp on rockin' renditions of "Winter Wonderland," "Sleigh Ride," and "Jingle Bells" (the latter originally recorded for the 1996 Schwarzenegger film Jingle All the Way). Setzer pauses for breath on "So They Say It's Christmas," "O Holy Night," and a version of "Blue Christmas" that, while not quite the equal of Elvis's, nonetheless battles the holiday blues with a blazing guitar solo. Setzer scores a nostalgic highlight in a duet with '60s icon Ann-Margret on the romantic "Baby It's Cold Outside," but the artistic triumph of Boogie Woogie Christmas has to be his tackling Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," which he ignites with his fiery fretwork and his swingin' band's bright effusions. Closer to home is the Chicago-style blues "Santa Claus Is Back in Town," and Setzer offers something of a prayer in the closing, a cappella "The Amens," but for the most part, Boogie Woogie Christmas drives like a lean, mean, holiday-partyin' machine.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/12/2004
Label: Surfdog Records Wea
UPC: 0640424404024
catalogNumber: 44040

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Setzer   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Bernie Dresel   Drums
Dennis Farias   Trumpet
John Hatton   Bass
Ray Herrmann   Saxophone
George McMullen   Trombone
Tim Misica   Saxophone
Don Roberts   Baritone Saxophone
Kevin Norton   Trumpet
Alex Henderson   Trombone
Robbie Hioki   Bass Trombone
Matthew Zebley   Saxophone
Kevin Norton   Trumpet
Craig Woods   Trombone
Jim Youngstrom   Saxophone
Willie Murillo   Trumpet
Caroling Company   Background Vocals
Kyle Palmer   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky   Composer
Leroy Anderson   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
J. Marks   Composer
Brian Setzer   Arranger,Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
D.J. Brooks   Composer
Diane Burt   Director
Frank Comstock   Arranger
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Jeff Peters   Engineer
Leon René   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Hal Stanley   Composer
Richard Wentworth   Illustrations
Mark Anthony Jones   Arranger,Orchestration
Dave Darling   Producer,Audio Production
Jay Johnson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mike Himelstein   Composer
Bill Hayes   Composer

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