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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-Noël, 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, film score and suite for orchestra, 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: Brian Barlow (Drums); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Mark Duggan (Bells); Mark Duggan (Temple Blocks); Mark Duggan (Xylophone); Michael Francis (Guitar); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Coots, John Frederick : Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
  • Performers: Brian Barlow (Drums); Guido Basso (Trumpet); Bonnie Brett (Voice); Caliban Quartet (Drums); Mark Duggan (Vibraphone); Mike Francis (Guitar); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (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: Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Brian Barlow (Drums); Caliban Quartet (Drums); Mark Duggan (Glockenspiel); Michael Francis (Guitar); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Valdy (Voice)
  • 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: Brian Barlow (Drums); Brian Barlow (Tambourine); Caliban Quartet (Tambourine); Mark Duggan (Bells); Mark Duggan (Triangle); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

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

>Loesser, Frank Henry : What are you doing New Year's Eve?
  • Performers: Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Heather Bambrick (Voice); Brian Barlow (Drums); Guido Basso (Flugelhorn); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Michael Francis (Guitar); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon)
  • 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); Caliban Quartet (Trombone); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Valdy (Voice)
  • 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 (Drums); Brian Barlow (Triangle); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (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: Caliban Quartet (Voice); Mary Fallis (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

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

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