Christmas Fantasy

Christmas Fantasy

by Anita BakerAnita Baker

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Overview

For her first holiday-themed release, R&B/jazz vocal vet Anita Baker takes a refreshingly non-boilerplate approach, rounding up a clutch of jazz vets (the Yellowjackets, George Duke, Larry Carlton) and cutting loose on a set of holiday classics delivered with intriguing new twists. With help from Gene Lobianco's clarinet, Baker infuses a childhood standard with a Dixieland vibe on "Frosty's Rag (Frosty the Snowman)." The sultry vocalist does John Coltrane proud with a rendition of the Rodgers & Hammerstein standard "My Favorite Things" that swings with piano accompaniment by Joe Sample and Baker's scatting. Vince Guaraldi is also given his due with a take on his Charlie Brown classic, "Christmas Time Is Here," a delicate melding of Sample's light touch and Baker's breathy phrasing that's every bit as melancholy as the original. There's also a trio of Baker originals, notably "Moonlight Serenade," with its snappy interplay between Ricky Lawson's crackling timekeeping and Baker's bebop-flavored phrasing. Add Christmas Fantasy to the shortlist of essential holiday listening.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2005
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0094633217324
catalogNumber: 32173

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anita Baker   Primary Artist,Vocals
Larry Carlton   Guitar
George Duke   Piano
Joe Sample   Piano
Phil Upchurch   Guitar
Sharon Bryant   Background Vocals
Jimmy Haslip   Bass
Nathan East   Bass,Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Barry J. Eastmond   Keyboards,fender rhodes
Russell Ferrante   Piano
Reggie Hamilton   Acoustic Bass
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Timothy May   Guitar
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Tiffany Palmer   Background Vocals
Marcus Baylor   Drums
Gene Lobianco   Clarinet
Carlos Ricketts   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Anita Baker   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Vince Guaraldi   Composer
Joe Sample   Arranger
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Barry J. Eastmond   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Russell Ferrante   Arranger
Kim Gannon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Schmitt   Engineer
A. Baker   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Bill Airey Smith   Engineer
Gordon H. Jee   Art Direction

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Christmas Fantasy 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love when Christmas rolls around, so to get in the &quot spirit&quot - I pull out all of my Christmas albums! Well, the only one I listen to now is Anita Baker's! It is a wonderful Christmas CD - it's jazzy, but not too slow! I love Christmas music in jazz form, this is a must-have for anyone for Christmas, even if you're not an Anita Baker fan!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago