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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: Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Xylophone); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Temple Blocks); Mark Duggan (Bells); Brian Barlow (Drums); Michael Francis (Guitar); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Kathlene McLean (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: Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Guido Basso (Trumpet); Brian Barlow (Drums); Caliban Quartet (Drums); Bonnie Brett (Voice); Mike Francis (Guitar); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Vibraphone); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon)
  • 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); Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Drums); Valdy (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Glockenspiel)
  • 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: Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Bells); Mark Duggan (Triangle); Caliban Quartet (Tambourine); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); 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: Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums)
  • 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: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Percussion); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (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: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Guido Basso (Flugelhorn); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Drums); Heather Bambrick (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Studio/Live: Studio

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

>Javits, Joan : Santa Baby
  • Performers: Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Michael Francis (Guitar); Guido Basso (Flugelhorn); Marilyn Monroe (Voice); Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums); Heather Bambrick (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: Valdy (Voice); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser 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); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Guy Few (Trumpet); Nadina Jackson (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: Mary Fallis (Voice); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Guy Few; Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Drums); Mark Duggan (Percussion); Mark Duggan (Wood Block); Mark Duggan (Glockenspiel); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (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: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (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: Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser 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: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Alan Gasser (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); 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: Michael Francis (Dulcimer); Brian Barlow (Triangle); Brian Barlow (Drums); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Mark Duggan (Tambourine); Mark Duggan (Xylophone); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1933-1934
  • Studio/Live: Studio