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Contemporary Jazz Christmas

  • 1. First Noel, The - George Howard
    2. Merry Christmas, Baby - B.B. King
    3. Feliz Navidad - Tom Scott
    4. Christmas Song, The - Phil Perry
    5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Chick Corea
    6. I'll Be Home for Christmas - Spyro Gyra
    7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Nelson Rangell
    8. Christmas Time Is Here - David Benoit
    9. White Christmas - Lee Ritenour
    10. I'll Be Home for Christmas - Diane Schuur
    11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Russ Freeman
    12. Some Children See Him - Dave Grusin
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9887

  • Credits

    Out of print on CD & cassette Universal (585 332)[314585332] - D01.
    Personnel: B.B. King (vocals, guitar); Phil Perry (vocals, background vocals); Diane Schuur, Michael Franks (vocals); Leon Warren, Frank Gambale, Lee Ritenour , Pat Kelley, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Kevin Chokan (guitar); Haim Shtrum (violin); Dan Neufeld (viola); David Shamban (cello); Nelson Rangell (piccolo); Eric Marienthal, Gerald Albright (saxophone); George Howard (soprano saxophone); Tom Scott (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, programming); Walter King, Jay Beckenstein (alto saxophone); James Bolden (trumpet); Chuck Findley (flugelhorn); Chick Corea, Dave Grusin, David Benoit, Tom McMorran, James Toney, Michael Abene, Tom Schuman (piano); Darryl Otis Smith, Mark Falchook (keyboards); John Beasley (synthesizer); Dave Samuels (vibraphone); Dwayne Smith, John Patitucci (electric bass); Johnny Friday (drums, timbales); Dave Ratajczak, Dave Weckl, Calep Emphrey, Harvey Mason, Sr. , Joe La Barbera, Joel Rosenblatt, Ray Griffin (drums); Tony Coleman (tambourine); Munyungo Jackson, Brad Dutz (percussion).
    Arrangers: Chick Corea; Dave Grusin; George Howard ; Jay Beckenstein; Russ Freeman ; Lee Ritenour ; Michael Abene.
    This Christmas collection is a sampler featuring various GRP artists playing Yuletide favorites. Although associated with so-called contemporary jazz, most of the interpretations by the musicians are either straight-ahead or lightly funky. Heard from on the CD are George Howard, B.B. King ("Merry Christmas Baby"), Tom Scott, Phil Perry, Chick Corea's Elektric Band ("God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"), Spyro Gyra ("I'll Be Home for Christmas"), Nelson Rangell (playing piccolo on a fine version of "Let It Snow, Let It Snow"), David Benoit, Lee Ritenour, Diane Schuur, Russ Freeman of the Rippingtons, and Dave Grusin. High-quality background music that should please fans of the idiom. ~ Scott Yanow

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