The Christmas Album

The Christmas Album

by The Manhattan Transfer


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For their set of Christmas related material, the Manhattan Transfer welcome such guests as trumpeter Jack Sheldon (on "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"), Tony Bennett ("The Christmas Song"), trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb. With arrangements provided for the backing orchestra by Johnny Mandel on a few numbers, highlights of this disc include "Snowfall," a Santa medley and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." A pleasing set of jazz-influenced Christmas music.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2005
Label: Sony Special Product
UPC: 0079899437020
catalogNumber: 94370
Rank: 65779


  1. Snowfall
  2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  3. Santa Clause Is Coming to Town/Santa Man (Medley) [Medley]
  4. The Christmas Song
  5. Silent Night, Holy Night
  6. Caroling, Caroling
  7. Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season (Medley) [Medley]
  8. A Christmas Love Song
  9. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  10. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  11. Good Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Manhattan Transfer   Primary Artist
Ray Kelley   Cello
Tony Bennett   Vocals
Pete Christlieb   Reeds,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Bob Cooper   Reeds,Saxophone
Art Davis   Bass
Harry Edison   Trumpet,Soloist
Gary Foster   Reeds,Saxophone
Steve Kujala   Reeds,Saxophone
Marshall Royal   Reeds,Saxophone
Bobby Shew   Trumpet
Janis Siegel   Vocals
Ronnie Lang   Reeds,Saxophone
Cheryl Bentyne   Vocals
Marilyn Baker   Viola
Richard Todd   French Horn
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Arnold Belnick   Violin
Samuel Boghossian   Viola
George Bohannon   Trombone
Mari Tsumura   Violin
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Larry Bunker   Percussion
Kenneth Burward-Hoy   Viola
Gerald Cinci   Violin
Ronald Clark   Violin
Jon Clarke   Reeds,Saxophone
Larry Corbett   Cello
Isabelle Daskoff   Violin
Joel Derouin   Violin
Chuck Domanico   Bass
Assa Drori   Violin
Ernest Ehrhardt   Cello
Henry Ferber   Violin
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Frederick Seykora   Cello
Yaron Gershovsky   Piano,Soloist
Joseph Goodman   Violin
Daniel Greco   Percussion
Sol Gubin   Percussion,Drums
Diana Halprin   Violin
Peter Hatch   Viola
Tim Hauser   Vocals
Igor Horoshevsky   Cello
Jim Hughart   Bass
Ralph Humphrey   Drums
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet,Soloist
Marni Johnson   French Horn
Anne Karam   Cello
Eddie Karam   Conductor
Roland Kato   Viola
Peter Kent   Violin
Randy Kerber   Keyboards
Brian Leonard   Violin
Linda Lipsett   Viola
Charles Loper   Trombone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Margot MacLaine   Viola
Johnny Mandel   Vocals
Gordon Marron Strings   Violin
Quincy McCrary   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Dick Mitchell   Reeds,Saxophone
Dick Nash   Trombone
Buell Neidlinger   Bass
Jack Nimitz   Reeds,Saxophone
Bobbi Page   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Don Palmer   Violin
Alan Paul   Vocals
John Pisano   Guitar
Debra Price   Violin
Carol Robbins   Harp
David Shamban   Cello
Haim Shtrum   Violin
Amy Shulman   Harp
Jeff Smith   Children's Chorus
Marc Smollin   Children's Chorus
Sally Stevens   Children's Chorus,Children's Choirmaster
Susan Stevens   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Margaret Storer   Bass
Robert Sushel   Violin
Bob Tricarico   Reeds,Saxophone
Ian Underwood   Keyboards
Gerald Vinci   Violin,Concert Master
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
James Walker   Reeds,Saxophone
Chauncey Welsch   Trombone
Hershel Wise   Viola
John Wittenberg   Violin
Shari Zippert   Violin
Gayle Levant   Harp
Leslie Woodbury   Violin
Ann Atkinson   Bass
Ray Kelly   Cello
Jeff de Rosa   French Horn
Suzie Katayama   Cello
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Marc Schillinger   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Jules Chaikin   Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Charlie Davis   Trumpet
Jeffery Smith   Choir, Chorus
Ken Barward Hoy   Viola
Fred Seykoura   Cello
Josh Weiner   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Annette Atkinson   Bass
Arielle Paul   Vocals,Children's Voices
Basie Hauser   Vocals,Children's Voices
Don Shelton   Reeds,Saxophone
George Bohanon   Trombone
Nicolas Nackley   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Jonathan Redford   Choir, Chorus,Children's Chorus
Keely Pickering   Vocals,Children's Voices
Michael Nowak   Viola
Marc Sazer   Violin

Technical Credits

Janis Siegel   Vocal Arrangements
Mel Tormé   Composer
Cheryl Bentyne   Vocal Arrangements
Franz Gruber   Composer
Corey Allen   Vocal Arrangements
Tim Hauser   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Jimmy Joyce   Vocal Arrangements
Johnny Mandel   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Alan Paul   Vocal Arrangements
Gene Puerling   Vocal Arrangements
Dave Reitzas   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Sally Stevens   Director
Robert Wells   Composer
Suzie Katayama   Supervising Copyist
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Richard Storrs Willis   Arranger,Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Basie Hauser   Producer
Jack Schrader   Arranger
Alfred S. Burt   Composer
E. H. Sears   Composer

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The Christmas Album 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first listened to this CD, I knew I was going to give it to my best friend for Christmas. How about you: Do you like the Andrews Sisters for one and the Four Freshmen for another? Then the Manhattan Transfer, with their two female and two male harmonists, will give you the best of both worlds: On this CD, they present themselves as the legit heirs of the two abovementioned swing era greats. But they go beyond that, with symphonic orchestral arrangements that stretch harmonies and progressions in a way Claude Thornhill would not have in his day. Now why Claude Thornhill for an historical reference? Because it is his signature piece, "Snowfall," that opens this CD. A dessert for an appetizer--unusual, but it does set the mood. All in all, the CD presents a neat cross-section of Holiday favorites in America during the 20th century. The Manhattan Transfer version of "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" is the present-day complement to the vintage Nat King Cole recording. "Have yourself a merry little Christmas" comes with the lyrics made popular by Judy Garland rather than the more wistful wartime lyrics sung by Frank Sinatra. The only disappointment is the concluding Lennon & McCartney pop ballad, "Goodnight," which is not up to the more sophisticated standards set by the other pieces. The spoken fill-in children's voices cannot salvage this misfit. Oh well... but wasn't there a more refined dessert right at the beginning of the CD? There you go: Set the play mode to auto repeat, that'll work--it worked for my best friend.