Jingle All the Way

September 30, 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • Total Length: 1:01:30
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  • ASIN: B001GH4QL0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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This is some of the best Christmas music ever.
Buried In Movies
This disk breaths new life into Christmas carols with inventive and interesting arrangments.
Donald C. Muller
Then I listen to the next track, and I like it just as much or more.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Volpsych on December 6, 2008
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The Flecktones have always been known for incredible instrumental abilities and challenging arrangements. By recording a holiday collection, they have made their music more accessible without sacrificing technique. This is also an incredibly diverse collection: I find that there are songs I can't stop listening to, some I enjoy greatly, and some that are fine (as well as one that is terrible--I can tolerate Tuvan throat singing as a texture, not as the primary instrument as it is on the Jingle Bells reprise).

"Jingle Bells" has quite a bit of throat singing, but the chromatic bass line is what really makes this different and interesting. Similarly, "Silent Night" has enough alternate chords and a driving rhythm to make a well-known carol new and unusual. "Sleigh Ride" is the first song that I find incredible--Bela starts it with a common opening banjo-lick (think "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"), that tears into a series of single-line runs that are astonishing in their fluidity. Jeff matches this on the sax later in the song, all of which is propelled by Vic and Futureman's astonishing groove. Vic's solo includes a quote from "The Wizard of Oz," and during the instrumental breakdown he begins a "Rudolph" quote that the rest of the band picks up on. Astonishing musicianship; any question that these guys love playing together?

The next song is a stunningly gorgeous solo bass rendition of "The Christmas Song." Vic shows the full potential of the bass as a solo instrument with high chords over a resonating low tone that is full and beautiful. "12 Days" is another favorite, with the band tackling a different meter and key with each day.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By James P. Zaworski on November 13, 2008
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Bela Fleck and the Flecktones have come together with a wonderful Christmas CD in the form of Jingle all the Way.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are making some of the most innovative and refreshing music these days, and it really shows in this Christmas CD.

Bela plays the banjo, Victor Wooten on bass guitar, Future Man on percussion, and Jeff Coffin on sax and woodwinds and strange vocals. The last one does make some really strange vocal noises that I've heard in recent years; he doesn't sing, he nasally and throatfully performs, and strangely appropriate at times(Jingle Bells and Jingle Bells are examples).

My absolute favorite tunes on this CD are the remake of Vince Guaraldi's "Linus and Lucy", "Silent Night", "Sleigh Ride", and "Bela's Banjo Solo Christmas".
These wonderful renditions of classic Christmas songs in pure instrumental form are wonderful to listen to.

So, have a Bela Fleck Christmas!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul L. Laclair on February 10, 2010
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Where else can you find American-style banjo and mandolin married to Tuvan throat singing in straight-ahead American jazz arrangements, tinged with bluegrass, all centered on a Christmas theme? Fleck and his crew are master musicians who make you feel immediately that you're getting your money's worth. The arrangements will challenge and intrigue the music scholar but the average person can just have a great time with this music. Fleck has married not only the instruments of different cultures but also the poignancy of his solo instruments with the whimsy and humor of "Jingle Bells" sung by a Tuvan throat-singing ensemble. Yet this is not novelty for its own sake; it is brilliantly conceived and executed, and great fun.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gleaner on February 8, 2010
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Gotta love Bela and the Flecktones. This is a fun Holiday album whether or not your are a fan of Holiday music. It is great music done well by great musicians - who are clearly having fun. For us, it is a great, happy reminder of the live show, a sampling of the same material, that we caught at Yoshi's (twice) in SF last year. Fabulous!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J. Bubley on October 4, 2008
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This is the liveliest holiday music I've heard. Great arrangements with interesting new sounds! The musicians really let loose with their creativity and had a great time doing it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Witham on December 26, 2008
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Five Tuvan Sings! (quoting one of the songs).

& five stars. This is what a Christmas album should be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denise on December 15, 2008
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Bela, Vic, Jeff and Futch have done it again! Just when you think you've heard it all, The Flecktones jump in and turn your ears upside down, in a most engaging way. So many artists try to put a 'new' spin on classics that are often none the better for their new configurations. Here, there are little noodles off to the left and right of center in the most amazing ear candy for Christmas I've heard in a long time. I'm very particular about my Christmas music---I hate a lot of it that is out there which seems to be musically devoid of any new ideas that I want hear. My one and only test of Christmas music is: do I want to hear it all day long? I find this in the rotation playing as I get ready for the holidays. I never get tired of it and it is well worth the money. Playful, interesting, musically flamboyant in a new klasik way. Some friends have remarked that Bela Fleck et al 'plays too many notes'! If you like less musically inclined renditions of the holiday classics, stick with the Target compilation, Mitch Miller, or Andy Williams. If you want a bit of a twist in the most refreshing way, get this album--it will be on your klasiks 'must play' at every party or just noodling around the house. It will get you right into the Christmas Spirit!
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