All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

6

Chris Pasin: Baby It's Cold Outside

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Chris Pasin clearly buys into the idea that spreading holiday cheer with and for those who are near and dear is a beautiful manifestation of the Christmas spirit. For Baby It's Cold Outside the veteran trumpeter gathered seven of his musical chums and put together a program of tried-and-true yuletide nuggets, remaining loyal enough to the templates while also juicing the mix.

Six different personnel configurations are in play across this album's eleven tracks—everything from a Patricia Dalton Fennell-Armen Donelian voice-and-piano duo on "Greensleeves" to a swinging, horn-fronted quintet take on "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" that has a dalliance with double time—and Pasin's mix-and-match approach for track-to-track casting helps to hold interest. A buoyant and ballsy "We Three Kings Of Orient" leads to a reverent-turned-flowing "Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel" painted with patience by Pasin and Donelian; a casual take on the title track with some role reversal and pseudo-sprechstimme exchanges between Pasin and Dalton Fennell makes its way toward an "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" where the leader and guitarist Peter Einhorn share the spotlight; and an appropriately sentimental "Christmas Time Is Here," complete with some space for the leader to stretch, draws a clear line to a lively "I'll Be Home For Christmas" that replaces the song's usual misty-eyed sentiments with joyful expressions.

Baby It's Cold Outside sits in an appealing middle ground, neither playing toward the lowest common denominator nor coming off as a highbrow holiday happening. It boasts direct and accessible arrangements and toasts the season with style.

Track Listing: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Santa Claus Is Coming To Town; We Three Kings Of Orient Are; Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel; Baby It's Cold Outside; It Came Upon A Midnight Clear; God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; Greensleeves; Christmas Time Is Here; I'll Be Home For Christmas; The Christmas Song.

Personnel: Chris Pasin: trumpet, flugelhorn (1-7, 9-11); Armen Donelian: piano (1-4, 8, 11); Ira Coleman: bass (1-3, 11); Jeff Siegel: drums (1-3, 5-7, 9-11); Patricia Dalton Fennell: vocals (1, 8); Peter Einhorn: guitar (5-7, 9, 10); Rich Syracuse: bass (5-7, 9, 10).

Title: Baby It's Cold Outside | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Planet Arts Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Multiple Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Baby It's Cold Outside

Baby It's Cold Outside

Planet Arts Records
2017

buy
Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of...

Self Produced
2015

buy
Detour Ahead

Detour Ahead

H2O Records
2009

buy

Related Articles

Read Displaced Diaspora CD/LP/Track Review
Displaced Diaspora
by Chris May
Published: October 19, 2018
Read In Real Time CD/LP/Track Review
In Real Time
by Jerome Wilson
Published: October 19, 2018
Read Freebird CD/LP/Track Review
Freebird
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 19, 2018
Read The Dream Thief CD/LP/Track Review
The Dream Thief
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: October 19, 2018
Read Heuristics CD/LP/Track Review
Heuristics
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 19, 2018
Read Subtle Disguise CD/LP/Track Review
Subtle Disguise
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: October 18, 2018
Read "e.s.t. live in london" CD/LP/Track Review e.s.t. live in london
by Ian Patterson
Published: August 5, 2018
Read "Decay Of The Angel" CD/LP/Track Review Decay Of The Angel
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 14, 2018
Read "The Heart Already Knows" CD/LP/Track Review The Heart Already Knows
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 27, 2018
Read "The Bowels Of Jupiter" CD/LP/Track Review The Bowels Of Jupiter
by Don Phipps
Published: March 6, 2018
Read "Partir" CD/LP/Track Review Partir
by John Kelman
Published: May 30, 2018
Read "Live at C-Boy's" CD/LP/Track Review Live at C-Boy's
by Doug Collette
Published: March 31, 2018