Christmas Album


Format: CD
Catalog: 344112
Rel. Date: 10/18/2005
UPC: 826663441123

Christmas Album
Artist: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Format: CD
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''Christmas Album'' is a late-1968 album by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. It was the group's eleventh release. Although the Brass' albums were out of print for a good many years, the ''Christmas Album'' was released on CD in the 1980s, with annual reappearances in record stores at Christmastime; and then re-released by the Shout!Factory label in 2006 as were many of the other Tijuana Brass albums.

The album contains a mixture of popular Christmas-season music, mostly American secular standards. Exceptions include the Bach piece "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," and a traditional Hispanic number, "Las Mañanitas." The latter song's arrangement, provided by marimbist Julius Wechter, is near identical to one used by Wechter's Baja Marimba Band several years earlier, on their 1965 album ''For Animals Only''. The songs's title literally means "The Little Mornings;" the song is traditionally sung on the morning of one's birthday celebration, or the day of a religious figure such as a saint (or, in this case, Jesus).

The cover features the image of Alpert, who is Jewish, dressed as Santa Claus while playing his trumpet.

Collaborating with Alpert in the production was his usual cadre of musicians: Nick Ceroli (drums/percussion), Bob Edmondson (trombone), Tonni Kalash (trumpet), Lou Pagani (keyboards), John Pisano (guitars/mandolin) and Pat Senatore (bass). Alpert provides lead vocals on "The Christmas Song" and "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle," and there are also appearances by a studio choir and string instruments, arranged by Shorty Rogers. - Wikipedia