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Caliban Does Christmas

Album Summary

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
>Coots, John Frederick : Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
>Jackson, Fraser [Bassoon] : A Nutcracker Digest, for bassoon quartet (after Tchaikovsky)
>Lehrer, Tom : A Christmas carol
>Jackson, Fraser [Bassoon] : Siberian Sleighride, for bassoon quartet
>Loesser, Frank Henry : What are you doing New Year's Eve?
>Horsdal, Valdemar "Valdy" : Secret Santa, song
>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
>Silver, Fred : The 12 Days After Christmas, for chorus
>Javits, Joan : Santa Baby
>Heusen, James Van : The Secret of Christmas, song
>Gauthier, Claude : Marie-Noel, song
>Gordon, Irving : Too Fat for the Chimney, song
>Claman, Dolores : Hockey Night in Canada, television series theme
>Arrogant Worms, The : The Same Christmas Cake, song
>Anonymous : Megruli Alilo (Megrelian Ritual Song)
>Prokofiev, Sergei : Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60
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Notes & Reviews:

The Caliban Quartet of Bassoonists has been praised by critics around the world for its brilliant playing, inventive programming and sunny good humor. Who better to lead you through a varied collection of sparking Christmas music? Their new CD includes everything from comedy to swing, to gorgeous ballads and choral music. For this disc, the Quartet is joined by five different singers (including Canadian fold legend Valdy), two drummers and even a partridge in a pear tree.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Alan Gasser, Marilyn Monroe, Mary Lou Fallis, Heather Bambrick (vocals); Brian Barlow (whistling, drums, cowbells, tambourine, triangle, percussion, bells, sleigh bell); Michael Francis (guitar, electric guitar, dulcimer); Kathleen McLean, Nadina Mackie Jackson (bassoon); Guido Basso (trumpet, flugelhorn); Guy Few (trumpet, background vocals); Alain Trudel (trombone); Mark Duggan (vibraphone, glockenspiel, xylophone, tambourine, temple blocks, triangle, wood block, bells, sleigh bell); Scott Alexander (acoustic bass, electric bass).

Recording information: Inception Sound Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



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>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
  • Performers: Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Xylophone); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Drums); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Mark Duggan (Temple Blocks); Mark Duggan (Bells)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1948
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Coots, John Frederick : Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
  • Performers: Bonnie Brett (Voice); Mike Francis (Guitar); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Vibraphone); Caliban Quartet (Drums); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Guido Basso (Trumpet); Brian Barlow (Drums)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : I Saw Three Ships, carol
  • Performers: Caliban Quartet (Drums); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Glockenspiel); Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Drums); Valdy (Voice); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1666
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Jackson, Fraser [Bassoon] : A Nutcracker Digest, for bassoon quartet (after Tchaikovsky)
  • Performers: Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Tambourine); Brian Barlow (Drums); Mark Duggan (Bells); Caliban Quartet (Tambourine); Mark Duggan (Triangle); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lehrer, Tom : A Christmas carol
  • Performers: Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Jackson, Fraser [Bassoon] : Siberian Sleighride, for bassoon quartet
  • Performers: Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Loesser, Frank Henry : What are you doing New Year's Eve?
  • Performers: Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Guido Basso (Flugelhorn); Heather Bambrick (Voice); Michael Francis (Guitar); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Horsdal, Valdemar "Valdy" : Secret Santa, song
  • Performers: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Trombone); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Valdy (Voice); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Performers: Brian Barlow (Bells); Brian Barlow (Drum Set); Brian Barlow (Triangle); Brian Barlow (Drums); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Notes: Composition written: By 1864.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: by 1864
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Silver, Fred : The 12 Days After Christmas, for chorus
  • Performers: Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mary Fallis (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Javits, Joan : Santa Baby
  • Performers: Heather Bambrick (Voice); Michael Francis (Guitar); Marilyn Monroe (Voice); Brian Barlow (Drums); Guido Basso (Flugelhorn); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Phil Springer.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1953
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Heusen, James Van : The Secret of Christmas, song
  • Performers: Caliban Quartet (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Valdy (Voice); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1959
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gauthier, Claude : Marie-Noël, song
  • Performers: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Trombone); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Guy Few (Trumpet); Alain Trudel (Trombone)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gordon, Irving : Too Fat for the Chimney, song
  • Performers: Guy Few; Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Percussion); Mary Fallis (Voice); Brian Barlow (Drums); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Caliban Quartet (Drums); Mark Duggan (Wood Block); Mark Duggan (Glockenspiel); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Claman, Dolores : Hockey Night in Canada, television series theme
  • Performers: Caliban Quartet (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Arrogant Worms, The : The Same Christmas Cake, song
  • Performers: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mary Fallis (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1997
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Anonymous : Megruli Alilo (Megrelian Ritual Song)
  • Performers: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Alan Gasser (Voice); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Prokofiev, Sergei : Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60 :: Troika
  • Performers: Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Xylophone); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Tambourine); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Triangle); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Michael Francis (Dulcimer); Brian Barlow (Drums); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1933-1934
  • Studio/Live: Studio