Artist: CHRIS PASIN AND FRIENDS
Title: BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
Label: Planet Arts
Artist Website: www.chrispasin.com
Release Date: OCTOBER 6, 2017
UPC Code: 820428301714
Track listing w/ track time
1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 5:44
2. Santa Claus is Coming to Town 5:21
3. We Three Kings of Orient Are 6:31
4. Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel 6:34
5. Baby It’s Cold Outside 4:22
6. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear 4:41
7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 4:48
8. Greensleeves 4:10
9. Christmas Time is Here 4:24
10. I’ll be Home for Christmas 3:24
11. The Christmas Song 7:18
Chris Pasin – trumpet, flugelhorn, vocal, Armen Donelian – piano, Ira Coleman – bass, Je Siegel – drums, Rich Syracuse – bass, Peter Einhorn – guitar, Patricia Dalton Fennell – vocal
From subtle to sexy to swinging, Chris Pasin and friends'
shine a brilliant light on the best yuletide favorites
Nothing gets music lovers in a celebrating mood like listening to their favorite carols, and this brand-new CD, Baby, It’s Cold Outside, delivers a whopping dose of holiday cheer. On 11 of the most-beloved sounds of the season, trumpeter Chris Pasin and friends show they have a real gift for making such familiar material their own, while maintaining the spirit and warmth that’s such a major part of the yuletide celebrations.
Equally comfortable on both trumpet and flugelhorn, leader Chris Pasin has proved himself among the most versatile of musicians. Besides fronting his own bands, he’s been a mainstay of ensembles led by the likes of Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin, George Russell, and Brother Jack McDu . Pasin has also appeared with legendary gures including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme and Ray Charles, to name a few.
For Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Pasin has assembled a stellar ensemble of some of the most in-demand musicians on the New York jazz scene. Among them: pianist Armen Donelian (Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera); bassists Ira Coleman (Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Herbie Hancock) and Rich Syracuse (Mose Allison, Bernard Purdy, Kurt Elling); drummer Je Siegel (Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Sheila Jordan); singer Patricia Dalton Fennell (Dave Holland, Giacomo Gates, Pete Levin); and guitarist Peter Einhorn (Joe Lovano, Placido Domingo, Jim Hall).
Highlights from Baby, It’s Cold Outside include:
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: Here’s a subtle, sensitive and understated version of a classic that steers clear of the overly sentimental, right from Donelian’s heart-felt piano opener. “We Three Kings”: Uptempo and bursting with energy, the band brings great drive and brilliant feeling to this beloved carol, which features an excellent solo from leader Pasin. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”: Check out the sexy and playful collaboration between Pasin and vocalist Patricia Dalton Fennell. The twosome demonstrate their wit and camaraderie as they work their seductive skills on the lyrics. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”: A very welcome new take on a traditional tune turns it into a cooker; the great rhythmic drive makes it downright danceable. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”: Pasin and Einhorn shine on solos in this unique treatment of a 1940s-vintage hit.
Pasin and friends' fresh take on the greatest songs of the season celebrate the beloved classics in an original and vastly appealing style. Listeners will enjoy old favorites in a new way this holiday season, thanks to the great renditions performed by this talented and creative ensemble.