379

Marriott/Anschell/Johnson/Bishop: The Cool Season: An Origin Holiday Collection, Vol. 2

John Barron By

Sign in to view read count
With no shortage of holiday music blasting through shopping malls and restaurants this time of year, it's easy to understand why some might want to escape the incessant bombardment of the overdone and out-of-date. If one looks hard enough, however, hope for Christmas music burnout can be found. One place to look is Origin Records' The Cool Season: An Origin Holiday Collection, Vol. 2. With fresh and swinging vitality, trumpeter Thomas Marriott, pianist Bill Anschell, bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop provide an invigorating alternative to the average holiday fare.

The disc's selections range from familiar, to somewhat obscure, to brand new—Johnson contributes two original pieces. The strength of the session lies in the creative arranging of household melodies. The Vince Guaraldi classic "Christmas Time Is Here moves along at a brisk 6/8 pulse, contrasting, yet maintaining the spirit of the original. "The Christmas Song is re-shaped into a dark-tinged, modal frame for Marriott and Anschell to explore patiently.

"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas swings along nicely, anchored by Johnson's solid walking bass and Bishop's in-the-pocket groove. With a laid-back samba feel and a clever reference to "Poinciana, "Winter Wonderland lets Marriott stretch out over a dynamic rhythmic flow. Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper has a soothing Sunday morning church service vibe, emphasized by Johnson's blues-inflected bass testifying.

Johnson's lyrical ballad "Winter Solace gleans soulful offerings from Marriott's muted trumpet. "Skating, the bassist's up-tempo composition, cooks up a little winter warmth with inspired solos by Johnson, Marriott and Anschell.

Amongst the bevy of holiday music choices, The Cool Season stands out as a winner. Yes, the music will work as good-time holiday background for your hipster party guests to enjoy, but it also makes for a satisfying, intent listen—full of top-notch performances and creative arranging. You'll want to put your feet up and enjoy that second cup of eggnog.

Track Listing: Christmas Time Is Here; The Christmas Song; Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; Winter Wonderland; Winter Solace; Pretty Paper; Skating; Sing We Now Of Christmas; Blackberry Winter.

Personnel: Thomas Marriott: trumpet, flugelhorn; Bill Anschell: piano; Jeff Johnson: bass; John Bishop: drums.

Title: The Cool Season: An Origin Holiday Collection, Vol. 2 | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Origin Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Thomas Marriott
Romance Language

Yakima

Yakima

Thomas Marriott
Human Spirit

Diagram

Diagram

Thomas Marriott
Constraints & Liberations

Pelham Gardens

Pelham Gardens

Thomas Marriott
East-West Trumpet Summit

Circadian Rhythms

Circadian Rhythms

Thomas Marriott
Flexicon

Sing We Now of Christmas

Sing We Now of Christmas

Thomas Marriott
The Cool Season

Both Sides Of The Fence

Both Sides Of The Fence

Thomas Marriott
Both Sides Of The Fence

Album Reviews
Interviews
Jazz Near Me
Album Reviews
Extended Analysis
Album Reviews
Read more articles
The Cool Season

The Cool Season

Origin Records
2019

buy
Romance Language

Romance Language

Origin Records
2018

buy
Urban Folklore

Urban Folklore

Origin Records
2015

buy
Return of the East-West Trumpet Summit

Return of the...

Origin Records
2015

buy
Urban Folklore

Urban Folklore

Origin Records
2014

buy
Constraints & Liberations

Constraints &...

Origin Records
2011

buy

Related Articles

Read LP1 Album Reviews
LP1
By Dan Bilawsky
June 17, 2019
Read The Garden Of Earthly Delights Album Reviews
The Garden Of Earthly Delights
By Friedrich Kunzmann
June 17, 2019
Read Groove Machine Album Reviews
Groove Machine
By Don Phipps
June 17, 2019
Read Life in the Modern World Album Reviews
Life in the Modern World
By Nicholas F. Mondello
June 17, 2019
Read Live at I.C.U.U. Album Reviews
Live at I.C.U.U.
By Karl Ackermann
June 16, 2019
Read 789 Miles Album Reviews
789 Miles
By David A. Orthmann
June 16, 2019
Read Follow Me Album Reviews
Follow Me
By Roger Farbey
June 16, 2019