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Justin Time for Christmas, Vol. 3

  • 1. Wohl Mir Dab Ich Jesum Habe - Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir
    2. Christmas Song, The - Dave Young/Barry Elmes/Cedar Walton
    3. Christmas Waltz - Pat La Barbera
    4. Santa Baby - Ranee Lee/Richard Ring
    5. We Three Kings - Jaki Byard/Michael Marcus
    6. God Rest You Merry Gentlemen - Johanne Blouin
    7. Christmas Time Is Here - John Stetch
    8. Christmas Blues - Bryan Lee
    9. Jezu Malusienki - Denny Christianson/Jan Jarcyzk
    10. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear - Hugh Ragin
    11. Christmas Song, The - Jeri Brown
    12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Oliver Jones
    13. Silent Night - World Saxophone Quartet
    14. Noel - David Murray
    15. Little Drummer Boy, The - Oliver Lake Steel Quartet
    16. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Kenny Coleman
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 148

  • Credits
    ProducerDavid Murray; Trevor W. Payne; Jeri Brown; Jim West; John Purcell; John Stetch; Michael Marcus; Oliver Lake; Pat LaBarbera; Richard Franklin; The Denny Christianson Big Band; Hamiet Bluiett; Miles Black; Bryan Lee
    EngineerRichard "Shiadi" Banks; John Rosenburg; Ian Terry; Jeff McMurrich; Jim Anderson; Ormond Jobin; Perry Barrett; Steve Bellamy

    Personnel: Bryan Lee (vocals, guitar); Guy Konket, Jeri Brown, Johanne Blouin, Ranee Lee (vocals); Oliver Gannon, Richard Ring (guitar); Francois Ladrezeau (tamboura); David Murray (bass clarinet, tenor saxophone); Michael Marcus (saxophone, stritch, tenor saxophone); Pat La Barbera (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); John Purcell (soprano saxophone); Oliver Lake (alto saxophone); Ward Smith (tenor saxophone); Hamiet Bluiett (baritone saxophone); Denny Christianson (trumpet, flugelhorn); Donte Winslow, Hugh Ragin, Omar Kabir, James Zollar (trumpet); George Cables, Milton Randolph Sealy, Jaki Byard, John Hicks, John Stetch, Miles Black, Cedar Walton (piano); Marc Adams (organ); Sammy Neal, Richard B. Allen, Brian Kirk, Joe La Barbera, Pheeroan akLaff, Victor Lewis, Barry Elmes, Dave Laing (drums); Lyndon Achee (steel drum).
    Audio Mixers: Ron Skinner ; Ian Terry; Jeff McMurrich; Steve Bellamy.
    Recording information: Avatar Studios, New York, NY (06/??/1993-03/07/2001); Blue Earth Recording Studio, Harrisburg, IL (06/??/1993-03/07/2001); Blue Wave Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (06/??/1993-03/07/2001); CBC Studio 211, Toronto, Canada (06/??/1993-03/07/2001); Reaction Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (06/??/1993-03/07/2001); Sound on Sound Studios, New York, NY (06/??/1993-03/07/2001); Studio Tempo, Montreal, Canada (06/??/1993-03/07/2001); Studio Victor, Montreal, Canada (06/??/1993-03/07/2001); Systems Two Studios, Brooklyn, NY (06/??/1993-03/07/2001); Tedesco Studios, Paramus, NJ (06/??/1993-03/07/2001).
    Editor: Billy Szawlowski.
    Arrangers: Milton Randolph Sealy; Jeri Brown; Miles Black.
    The Canadian label Justin Time can always be counted upon to produce a diverse sounding Christmas CD, and this third compilation is no exception. Bassist Dave Young is joined by Cedar Walton and Barry Elmes for a bluesy take of "The Christmas Song while pianist John Stetch's approach to "Christmas Time Is Here" gradually takes a slightly dissonant path, and Oliver Jones, who studied piano with Oscar Peterson's sister, offers a richly textured "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." One of the wildest songs is "We Three Kings," with some adventurous playing by multi-reed player Michael Marcus and the late pianist Jaki Byard. Hugh Ragin leads three other trumpeters in a stunning arrangement of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear." Highlights among the vocal tracks include Ranee Lee's intimate reworking of "Santa Baby" with guitarist Richard Ring and percussionist Denis Chiche; Johanne Blouin's relaxed approach to "God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen" with a trio led by John Hicks; and Jeri Brown's lovely, very deliberate duet with pianist Milton Sealy of "The Christmas Song." The Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir's unusual interpretation of "Wohl Mir Dass Ich Jesum Habe" (taken from J. S. Bach's cantata "Wachet Auf") will turn heads, though blues guitarist Bryan Lee's tedious "Christmas Blues" seems badly out of place. Overall, this Christmas collection is a very worthwhile investment. ~ Ken Dryden

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