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Caliban Does Christmas

Audio Samples

>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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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
Performers Ensembles Composers

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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Works Details

>Anderson, Leroy : Sleigh Ride
  • Performers: Brian Barlow (Drums); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Xylophone); Mark Duggan (Temple Blocks); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Michael Francis (Guitar); 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: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums); Mark Duggan (Vibraphone); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Caliban Quartet (Drums); Bonnie Brett (Voice); Mike Francis (Guitar); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Guido Basso (Trumpet); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon)
  • 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: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Glockenspiel); Caliban Quartet (Drums); Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Drums); Valdy (Voice); Fraser Jackson (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); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Bells); Mark Duggan (Triangle); Caliban Quartet (Tambourine); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Tambourine); Brian Barlow (Drums)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lehrer, Tom : A Christmas carol
  • Performers: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (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); Brian Barlow (Percussion); Michael Francis (Guitar)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

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

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

>Traditional, Christmas : The Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Performers: Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums); Brian Barlow (Triangle); Brian Barlow (Bells); Brian Barlow (Drum Set); Caliban Quartet (Percussion)
  • 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: Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Guido Basso (Flugelhorn); Marilyn Monroe (Voice); Michael Francis (Guitar); Heather Bambrick (Voice); Brian Barlow (Drums); Mathieu Lussier (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: Valdy (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Bassoon)
  • 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: Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Trombone); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (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: Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Guy Few; Mark Duggan (Glockenspiel); Mark Duggan (Wood Block); Mark Duggan (Percussion); Caliban Quartet (Drums); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mary Fallis (Voice); Brian Barlow (Drums)
  • 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: Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon)
  • 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: Caliban Quartet (Voice); Mary Fallis (Voice); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon)
  • 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: Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Alan Gasser (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

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