Anita Baker Christmas Fantasy
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- Released: October 4, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: Blue Note Records
- 1.Frosty's Rag (Frosty The Snowman)
- 2.Christmas Time Is Here
- 3.I'll Be Home For Christmas
- 4.Christmas Fantasy
- 5.God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
- 6.Moonlight Sleighride
- 7.O Come, All Ye Faithful
- 8.Family of Man
- 9.My Favorite Things
Personnel: Anita Baker (vocals); Larry Carlton (guitar, guitars); Phil Upchurch, Timothy May (guitar); Gene Lobianco (clarinet); Russell Ferrante (piano); Barry J. Eastmond (Fender Rhodes piano, keyboards); Nathan East (acoustic bass, electric bass); Reggie Hamilton (acoustic bass); Ricky Lawson, Marcus Baylor (drums); Rafael Padilla (percussion); Carlos Ricketts, Sharon Bryant, Tiffany Palmer (background vocals); George Duke, Joe Sample (piano).
Audio Mixers: Al Schmitt; Michael O'Reilly.
Liner Note Author: Anita Baker.
Recording information: Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; East Bay Recording Studios, Tarrytown, NY; The Village Recording Studios, Santa Monica, CA.
Photographer: Adrian Buckmaster.
Arrangers: Anita Baker; Joe Sample; Russell Ferrante; Barry J. Eastmond.
Christmas albums, though charming in their own seasonal way, very often draw from the same tired repertoire. While Anita Baker's CHRISTMAS FANTASY has some old-timey favorites (like her moody version of "O Come All Ye Faithful," featuring the Yellowjackets), it is, on the whole, a different kettle of fish. The opener, a Dixieland swing version of "Frosty the Snowman" called "Frosty's Rag," is a case in point, as are originals like the smoothly funky "Moonlight Sleighride" and the lush title track. Baker's exquisite voice is in fine form throughout this unusual holiday offering that blends originality and tradition in fun, impressive fashion.
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