Rockin' Rudolph

Rockin' Rudolph

by The Brian Setzer Orchestra


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Billed as the Brian Setzer Orchestra's first Christmas album in a decade, Rockin' Rudolph arrives five years after Christmas Comes Alive! and seven years after Christmas Rocks! The Best Of Collection, but the distinction is, this 2015 set is the first studio non-compilation holiday release in ten years. No matter how you count it, Rockin' Rudolph deserves to sit proudly alongside the Brian Setzer Orchestra's other five Christmas albums because it serves up snazzy seasonal swingers, tunes that revel in their retro-kitsch. Setzer's sensibility reaches its zenith with "Yabba-Dabba Yuletide," which spins the Flintstones into a big-band holiday blaster, and if that sounds like fun to you, the rest of the record will satisfy because it delivers more of the same: it's all high-octane, bold and brassy Yuletide fun, bouncing along to a beat that swings back and forth between rockabilly and ersatz Vegas. If anything, this particularly Setzer holiday excursion seems to adhere a bit closer to the neon lights than normal -- often, the music seems like it could've shown up on a Jerry Lewis Telethon from 1981 -- but that's also part of its charm: this is old-fashioned music for an old-fashioned season, so it's bound to conjure warm, toasty nostalgia for those who share Setzer's sensibilities.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2015
Label: Surfdog Records Wea
UPC: 0822685102165
catalogNumber: 51021
Rank: 7261

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Setzer Orchestra   Primary Artist
Matt Rollings   Piano
Brian Setzer   Guitar,Vocals
Barry Green   Trombone
John Hatton   Bass
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Paul Leim   Drums
Sam Levine   Saxophone
Steve Patrick   Trumpet
Tony Pia   Drums
Charlie Peterson   Saxophone
Robbie Hioki   Trombone
David Spicher   Bass
Roy Agee   Trombone
Shannon Brown   Background Vocals
Kerry Loeschen   Trombone
Jim Youngstrom   Saxophone
Matt Zebly   Saxophone
Jamie Hovorka   Trumpet
Jeremy Levy   Trombone
Ron Blake   Trumpet
Jody Nardone   Background Vocals
Mike Briones   Trombone
Sean Billings   Trumpet
Tim Messina   Saxophone
Steve Reid   Trumpet
Eric Morones   Saxophone
Leslie Spencer   Background Vocals
Julie Setzer   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Peter Collins   Producer
Steve Gibson   Producer
Brian Setzer   Arranger
Terry Christian   Engineer
Frank Comstock   Arranger
Mark Jones   Arranger
Stillman   Composer
Seger Ellis   Composer
Dave Kaplan   Executive Producer
William Hanna   Composer
Joseph Barbera   Composer
Hoyt Curtin   Composer
Dave Darling   Additional Production
Traditional   Composer
Scott Anderson   Layout
Jody Nardone   Vocal Arrangements
Tim Messina   Musical Director
Derek Yaniger   Cover Art
Tyler Sweet   Guitar Techician

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