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

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