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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: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Xylophone); Mark Duggan (Bells); Mark Duggan (Temple Blocks); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Drums); Fraser 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: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Guido Basso (Trumpet); Brian Barlow (Drums); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Caliban Quartet (Drums); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Bonnie Brett (Voice); Mike Francis (Guitar); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (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: Scott Alexander (Double Bass); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Drums); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Drums); Valdy (Voice); 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: Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mark Duggan (Bells); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); 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: Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); 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: Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Percussion); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Mathieu Lussier (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); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Guido Basso (Flugelhorn); Michael Francis (Guitar); Brian Barlow (Drums); Heather Bambrick (Voice); 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: Caliban Quartet (Trombone); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums); Alain Trudel (Trombone); Valdy (Voice); 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 (Triangle); Brian Barlow (Bells); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon); Kathlene McLean (Bassoon); Caliban Quartet (Percussion); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Brian Barlow (Drums); Brian Barlow (Drum Set); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Fraser Jackson (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); Caliban Quartet (Voice); Fraser Jackson (Contrabassoon); Fraser Jackson (Bassoon); Nadina Jackson (Bassoon); Mary Fallis (Voice); Mathieu Lussier (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Caliban Quartet
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Form: Christmas
  • Studio/Live: Studio

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

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