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December (2002)

Artist: Chris Botti
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Format: CD
Sku: 202990395
UPC: 828767538129
UPC 14: 00828767538129
Release Date: 10/10/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Christmas Song, The ~ Chris Botti
2. Ave Maria ~ Chris Botti
3. Winter Wonderland ~ Chris Botti
4. First Noel, The ~ Chris Botti
5. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! ~ Chris Botti
6. Hallelujah ~ Chris Botti
7. I Really Don't Want Much For Christmas - (with Eric Benet) ~ Chris Botti
8. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas ~ Chris Botti
9. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town ~ Chris Botti
10. Silent Night ~ Chris Botti
11. Little Drummer Boy ~ Chris Botti
12. O Little Town Of Bethlehem ~ Chris Botti
13. I'll Be Home For Christmas ~ Chris Botti
 
Personnel: Chris Botti (vocals, trumpet); Bob Shepppard (tenor saxophone, alto flute); Brandon Fields (tenor saxophone); John J. Wittenberg, Joel G. Derouin, Susan Chatman (violin); Andrew Picken (viola); Mary Anne Steinberger (cello); Billy Childs (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); CJ Vanston (piano, organ, synthesizer); Anthony Wilson, Shane Fontayne, Heitor Pereira (guitar); David Carpenter, Jon Ossman, Jimmy Haslip (bass); Peter Erskine (drums, percussion); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).

Recorded at Renegade Studios, Lake Bluff, Illinois; Capitol, Treehouse Studios, Los Angeles, California.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Chris Botti (vocals, trumpet); Bob Shepppard (tenor saxophone, alto flute); Brandon Fields (tenor saxophone); John J. Wittenberg, Joel G. Derouin, Susan Chatman (violin); Andrew Picken (viola); Mary Anne Steinberger (cello); Billy Childs (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); CJ Vanston (piano, organ, synthesizer); Anthony Wilson, Shane Fontayne, Heitor Pereira (guitar); David Carpenter, Jon Ossman, Jimmy Haslip (bass); Peter Erskine (drums, percussion); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
Muze PNote Recorded at Renegade Studios, Lake Bluff, Illinois; Capitol, Treehouse Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Muze PNote Personnel: Chris Botti (trumpet); Chris Botti; Eric Ben?t (vocals); James Harrah, Anthony Wilson , Shane Fontayne (guitar); John Wittenberg, Gina Kronstadt, Joel Derouin, Susan Chatman (violin); Mary Anne Steinberger (cello); Rick Mitchell, Steve Kujala, Robert Shulgold (flute); Bob Sheppard (alto flute, tenor saxophone); Andrew Radford (bassoon); Yvonne S. Moriarty, Brian O'Connor , Kurt Snyder (flugelhorn); Bruce Otto (trombone); Billy Childs, Billy Childs Trio (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Jeffrey "C.J." Vanston (piano, organ, synthesizer); Randy Waldman (piano); Christian McBride (bass instrument); Jimmy Haslip (bass guitar); Brandon Fields (tenor saxophone); Peter Erskine (drums, percussion); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Al Schmitt; Nathaniel Kunkel.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Chris Botti.
Muze PNote Recording information: Air Lyndhurst Hall, London, England; Capitol studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Davis Factor.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Chris Botti; Jeremy Lubbock; Shane Fontayne; Gil Goldstein; Billy Childs Trio.
Muze PNote The story about there being more suicides around the holidays turns out to be a myth, but like all urban legends, it caught on among the populace (or at least among lazy journalists) because it sounds like it should be true; as trumpeter Chris Botti writes in a sleeve note to his seasonal collection, December, "At no other time of the year is there a wider array of emotions than the month of December." This is a clue that Botti, in acceding to his record company's request that he undertake a Christmas album, was not interested in simply celebrating the season in his interpretations of holiday standards. There have been other such contemplative Christmas records: George Winston's album, also called December, is calm rather than celebratory, and Barbra Streisand's Christmas Memories, released in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, is another collection that takes in the season's complexities. Add Botti's album to that list. The approach, of course, fits in with the trumpeter's overall musical style. Often heard through a mute, his playing usually has an intimate, low-key character, and that is true here, too. Critics have compared him to Miles Davis, and to that one easily may add Chet Baker, especially because like Baker, Botti has chosen to sing here, applying an adequate tenor to Richard Marx's "Perfect Day" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (the latter one of the more troubled of lyrics to become a Christmas standard). It isn't all doom and gloom, of course; there's a playful reading of "Winter Wonderland," for instance. But this is still an album to be put on in the shank of the evening when the Christmas festivities have subsided, not at the height of the celebrations. ~ William Ruhlmann

Producer: Bobby Colomby; Bobby Colomby; Richard Marx

Engineer: Joe Brown, Jr.; Al Schmitt; Nathaniel Kunkel; Charlie Paakkari

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Billy Childs
Muze Guest Artist Peter Erskine
Muze Guest Artist Brandon Fields
Muze Guest Artist Vinnie Colaiuta
Muze Guest Artist Eric Benet

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Martha Stewart Living Music:tradition
Muze Music Compilations Time For Love
Muze Music Compilations Men Of Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Christmas Is A Time (To Say I Love
Muze Music Compilations Jazz Roots
Muze Music Compilations Merry Christmas Baby
Muze Music Compilations Lead With Your Heart
Muze Music Compilations Duets
Muze Music Compilations Natalie Cole En Espanol
Muze Music Compilations Mary Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Back To Brooklyn
Muze Music Compilations Map To The Treasure:re Imagining Laur
Muze Music Compilations Gems:duets Collection
Muze Music Compilations Skylark
Muze Music Compilations At The Movies
Muze Music Compilations Givin It Up
Muze Music Compilations It's On Tonight
Muze Music Compilations Under The Desert Sky - Live (w/ Bonus DVD)(Live)
Muze Music Compilations He Had A Hat
Muze Music Compilations Forever Cool
Muze Music Compilations Thanks For The Memory Great Americ Iv

Associated Artists and Works

Playing By Heart (Sdtk) ~ Barry, John
Original Soundtrack

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/10/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 75381
Music Label Name Label : Columbia (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00828767538129

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