Stan Kenton: A Merry Christmas!

The Songs:

  1. O Tannenbaum
  2. THe Holly and the Ivy
  3. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  4. Good King Wenceslas
  5. The Twelve Days of Christmas
  6. Once in Royal David’s City
  7. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
  8. O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)
  9. Angels We Have Heard On High
  10. O Holy Night
  11. Christmas Medley
  12. What is a Santa Claus (Bonus Track)

Personnel:

  • Ernie Bernhardt, Bud Brisbois, Larry McGuire, Bob Rolfe, Sanford Skinner, Dalton Smith – trumpets
  • Bob Fitzpatrick, Paul Heydorff, Robert Knight, Tom Shepard, Jim Amlotte, Dave Wheeler – trombones
  • Clive Acker, Albert Pollan – tubas
  • Joe Burnett, Dwight Carver, Gordon Davison, Keith LaMotte, Gene Roland – mellophoniums
  • Stan Kenton – piano, celeste
  • Pete Chivily – bass
  • Jerry McKenzie – drums
  • Art Anton, Larry Bunker – percussion

Released in 1961, Stan Kenton’s A Merry Christmas! featured his orchestra during the “Mellophonium” phase. Featuring the arrangements of Kenton and Ralph Carmichael, it is a bombastic, brassy big band extravaganza, done as only Kenton could. (Buy it here.)

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