The Season [DualDisc]

The Season [DualDisc]

by Jane Monheit

DualDisc(CD/DVD)

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Overview

Jane Monheit follows her 2004 Sony debut, Taking a Chance on Love, with the Christmas album The Season. It's an inevitable release. Monheit's star has risen consistently -- she's one of the darlings (or saviors) of contemporary vocal jazz alongside artists like Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones -- so something as pretty and easily salable as The Season ensures even more name recognition. Which is just fine. Monheit's rich, if mannered delivery is perfect for the classics ("Sleighride," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"), and her interpretations of "I Love the Winter Weather/I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" (where Ella Fitzgerald's influence is strong) and the Carpenters ("Merry Christmas Darling") mix striking professionalism with a gentle, breathy swagger that's pretty endearing. Monheit worked with her usual quartet for The Season, though the arrangement for "Merry Christmas Darling" is filled out with a string section and the horns on "Man with a Bag" combine with Monheit's winsome, scatting vocal to really take it out of time. Is this 2005 or a classic Perry Como special? The Season is a nice holdover for Monheit, a chance to have some fun with some standards while keeping her name and wonderful voice top of mind.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/18/2005
Label: Sony
UPC: 0827969489727
catalogNumber: 94897

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. This Christmas
  2. Merry Christmas Darling
  3. The Man with the Bag
  4. Moonlight in Vermont
  5. Sleighride
  6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  7. Medley: I Love the Winter Weather/I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  8. The Christmas Waltz
  9. I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
  10. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  11. My Grown Up Christmas List

Disc 2

  1. This Christmas
  2. Merry Christmas Darling
  3. The Man with the Bag
  4. Moonlight in Vermont
  5. Sleigh Ride
  6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  7. Medley: I Love the Winter Weather/I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm ...
  8. The Christmas Waltz (Introduction)
  9. I Hear the Bells on Christmas Day
  10. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  11. My Grown Up Christmas List
  12. The Man with the Bag
  13. Merry Christmas Darling
  14. This Christmas
  15. My Grown Up Christmas List

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jane Monheit   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Rob Mounsey   Conductor
Lew Soloff   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Elena Barere   Concert Master
Jean Ingraham   Violin
Birch Johnson   Trombone
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Jeanne LeBlanc   Celli
Ann Leathers   Violin
Richard Locker   Celli
Jan Mullen   Violin
Roger Rosenberg   Baritone Saxophone
Andy Snitzer   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Avril Brown   Violin
Craig Mumm   Viola
Maxine Roach   Viola
Yuri Vodovoz   Violin
Dave Mann   Alto Saxophone
Adrian Benjamin   Viola
Michael Kanan   Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Vince Lionti   Viola
Miles Okazaki   Guitar
Katherine Fong   Violin
Rick Montalbano   Drums,Pandeiro
Cecilia Hobbs Gardner   Violin
Orlando Le Fleming   Bass

Technical Credits

Donny Hathaway   Composer
Rob Mounsey   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
J. Marks   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Schmitt   Producer,Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
Sheri G. Lee   Art Direction
Jane Monheit   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Miles Okazaki   Arranger
Rick Montalbano   Arranger,Contributor
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction

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The Season 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Season' is a must have album for the coming holidays, and the holidays wouldn't be as special without this album. Jane has chosen some terrific songs for her first Christmas album. She has taken some of the traditional songs, and then jazzed them up. Some examples of this are "Sleighride", and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". Another great tune on this album is "Man With The Bag". An especially moving song on this album is "Grown-up Christmas List". Make sure to listen to this one!! If I could give this album ten stars I would because this is an album you will keep and listen to for years to come. Enjoy!