Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Christmas Album (1968/2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Christmas Album (1968/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 31:53 minutes | 621 MB | Genre: Holiday, Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | © Herb Alpert Presents
Recorded: 1968 at A&M Studios, Gold Star Recording Studio, Hollywood, California

Herb Alpert turned to jazz’s Shorty Rogers — then toiling in the L.A. film and TV studios — for voice and string arrangements on his Christmas album, and Rogers in turn went all out for schmaltz. Rogers’ cooing voices introduce several of the tunes, whereupon the Tijuana Brass do their mostly unrelated Ameriachi thing familiar from past albums. Indeed, “Las Mananitas” seems to have been lifted from an obscure B-side of a 45 and overdubbed with the Rogers treatment. Jingling bells is a recurring song theme — first with “Jingle Bells,” then the cloying “The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle,” and ultimately “Jingle Bell Rock.” For the first time in a long time, Alpert’s sense of pacing occasionally goes awry; “My Favorite Things” nearly comes apart in the silences and piano/vocal interlude between the TJB grooves, and “Sleigh Ride” screeches to a dead halt. And yet time and further exposure has revealed this record’s homey charms, which no doubt is one reason why it continues to be available on CD where other TJB best-sellers have fallen by the wayside. –AllMusic Review by Richard S. Ginell

1. Winter Wonderland 03:03
2. Jingle Bells 03:09
3. My Favorite Things 03:03
4. The Christmas Song 03:39
5. Las Mañanitas 02:59
6. Sleigh Ride 04:00
7. The Bell That Couldn’t Jingle 02:56
8. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow 03:45
9. Jingle Bell Rock 01:52
10. Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring 03:27

Herb Alpert – Arranger, Horn
Nick Ceroli – Horn
Bob Edmondson – Horn
Tonni Kalash – Horn
Lou Pagani – Horn
John Pisano – Arranger, Horn
Shorty Rogers – Arranger, String Arrangements, Vocals
Pat Senatore – Horn
Julius Wechter – Arranger