Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass

Big Band Christmas

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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden

Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass add plenty of spice to this Christmas jazz CD, not only with superb, fresh charts but a few surprising selections. The rich brass and reeds carry the deliberate rendition of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," which segues into a perky Latin-flavored chart of "I'll Be Home for Christmas." "Away in a Manger" is not the commonly heard melody but one first written in 1887, though the music will likely be familiar, even if one doesn't associate it with the well-known lyrics. The lush setting of "The Christmas Song," which likely set Mel Tormé and Bob Wells for life with royalty checks due to its many recordings, showcases the leader's valve trombone and pianist David Restivo. "My Favorite Things," originally written for The Sound of Music, has gradually been transformed into double duty as a Christmas carol; this swinging interpretation works very well. Johnny Mandel, the composer of many memorable melodies, deserves greater recognition for his gorgeous piece "A Christmas Love Song"; this arrangement deserved to help put it on the jazz map. Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass consistently delivered first-rate music throughout their existence, this holiday CD no exception.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
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Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass feat: The Boss Brass / Rob McConnell 07:17 Amazon
2 Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass feat: The Boss Brass / Rob McConnell 03:56 Amazon
3 Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass feat: The Boss Brass / Rob McConnell 06:58 Amazon
4 Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass feat: The Boss Brass / Rob McConnell 02:08 Amazon
5 Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass feat: The Boss Brass / Rob McConnell 04:56 Amazon
6 Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass feat: The Boss Brass / Rob McConnell 05:37 Amazon
7 Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass feat: The Boss Brass / Rob McConnell 07:52 Amazon
8 Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass feat: The Boss Brass / Rob McConnell 05:28 Amazon
9 Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass feat: The Boss Brass / Rob McConnell 07:14 Amazon
10 Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass feat: The Boss Brass / Rob McConnell 05:07 Amazon
11 Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass feat: The Boss Brass / Rob McConnell 02:48 Amazon
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