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

>Lehrer, Tom : A Christmas carol
  • Performers: Brian Barlow (Drums); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon)
  • 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: Brian Barlow (Drums); Heather Bambrick (Voice); Michael Francis (Guitar); Guido Basso (Flugelhorn); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Horsdal, Valdemar "Valdy" : Secret Santa, song
  • Performers: Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Valdy (Voice); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Brian Barlow (Drums); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Trombone); 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 (Drum Set); Brian Barlow (Bells); Brian Barlow (Triangle); Brian Barlow (Drums); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); 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); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mary Fallis (Voice); 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); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Guido Basso (Flugelhorn); Marilyn Monroe (Voice); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Drums); Heather Bambrick (Voice); Kathlene McLean (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: Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Valdy (Voice); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (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: Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Trombone); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Guy Few (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Gordon, Irving : Too Fat for the Chimney, song
  • Performers: Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Glockenspiel); Mark Duggan (Percussion); Mark Duggan (Wood Block); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Mary Fallis (Voice); Guy Few; Caliban Quartet (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: Mary Fallis (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (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: Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Alan Gasser (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Studio

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