Making Spirits Bright: A Smooth Jazz Christmas

Making Spirits Bright: A Smooth Jazz Christmas



A host of contemporary jazz stars fills this excellent compilation of traditional holiday music with smooth jazz inflections; jazzy vocals; and dashes of funk, R&B, and world music. Making Spirits Bright features such stellar jazz artists as Lee Ritenour opening with a beautiful smooth jazz version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Diana Krall singing a swinging version of "Jingle Bells," and Gerald Albright out front on saxophone playing a funky but melodic version of "This Christmas." Marc Antoine's guitar is reflective and speaks softly on "What Child Is This?" Dave Grusin's lively "Suite de Nuestra Navidad" closes the program, adding a diverse mix to the music with its happy, lively, Latin flavors. His piano softly underscores a beautiful flute solo and lends the perfect spirit of the holidays -- peace, love, and goodwill. Making Spirits Bright is highly listenable and even more enjoyable because of its up-to-date 21st century versions of some of the world's favorite holiday music.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2001
Label: Grp Records
UPC: 0731454983921
catalogNumber: 549839

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jarreau   Vocals
Will Downing   Vocals
Gerald Albright   Bass,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Richard Elliot   Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sample   Piano
Jeff Lorber   Keyboards
John Beasley   Piano,Keyboards
Jeff Golub   Guitar
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Alex Acuña   Drums
David Benoit   Piano
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Joyce Cooling   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Grusin   Piano
Melvin Davis   Bass
Walfredo Reyes   Percussion
Dan Higgins   Flute
Tony Maiden   Guitar
Alan Pasqua   Strings,Electric Piano,fender rhodes,Synthesizer Bass
John Pena   Bass
Karie Prescott   Viola
Lee Ritenour   Acoustic Guitar,Strings,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Synthesizer Bass
Ramon Stagnaro   Guitar
Diana Krall   Piano,Vocals
Marc Antoine   Guitar
Tim Welvaars   Harmonica
Jochem van der Saag   Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Joe Sample   Arranger
Mel Tormé   Composer
Jeff Lorber   Arranger
John Beasley   Arranger
Paul Mitchell   Engineer
Buck Ram   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Brian Baker   Engineer
David Benoit   Arranger
Dave Grusin   Arranger
Steve Dubin   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Kim Gannon   Composer
Bud Harner   Producer
Walter Kent   Composer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Johnny Mandel   Producer
Don Murray   Engineer
Lee Ritenour   Arranger,Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Robert Wells   Composer
Mark Wexler   Executive Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Joseph Mohr   Composer
William Sandys   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Jochem van der Saag   Arranger,Programming,Engineer,Sound Design
T. Connor   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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