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

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

>Horsdal, Valdemar "Valdy" : Secret Santa, song
  • Performers: Caliban Quartet (Trombone); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Valdy (Voice); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Brian Barlow (Drums)
  • 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 (Drums); Brian Barlow (Drum Set); Brian Barlow (Triangle); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Bells)
  • 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: Mary Fallis (Voice); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Javits, Joan : Santa Baby
  • Performers: Marilyn Monroe (Voice); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Drums); Heather Bambrick (Voice); Guido Basso (Flugelhorn); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); 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: Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (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: Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Guy Few (Trumpet); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Trombone); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon)
  • 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; Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Glockenspiel); Mark Duggan (Wood Block); Mark Duggan (Percussion); Caliban Quartet (Drums); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Mary Fallis (Voice)
  • 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); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); 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: 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. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1997
  • Studio/Live: Studio

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

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