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December

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01
The Christmas Song
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02
Ave Maria
5:46
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03
Winter Wonderland
3:09
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04
First Noel
2:51
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05
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
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06
Hallelujah
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I Really Don't Want Much For Christmas
Artist: Chris Botti featuring Eric Benét
4:19
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
4:31
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09
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
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Silent Night
5:45
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Little Drummer Boy
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12
O Little Town Of Bethlehem
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13
I'll Be Home For Christmas
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 13   Total Length: 52:32

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Record company madness

EMUSIC-00C466CD

Botti released this album twice - once in 2002, and again in 2006. The version here, the second release, contains slightly different songs than the original. That explains the disparity between the review and the track listing...

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Good Album, But Did Ruhlman Listen to It?

JazzY

This is a good Christmas album for those who prefer a jazzy approach. Tracks 1, 5, 7, 9 & 11 were my favorites, because they're up-temp and cheerful. The others are a bit too moody for my tasted. Did the reviewer listen to the album? He says Botti sings on "Perfect Day." It's not on the album!

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They Say All Music Guide

The story about there being more suicides around the holidays turns out to be a myth, but like all urban legends, it caught on among the populace (or at least among lazy journalists) because it sounds like it should be true; as trumpeter Chris Botti writes in a sleeve note to his seasonal collection, December, “At no other time of the year is there a wider array of emotions than the month of December.” This is a clue that Botti, in acceding to his record company’s request that he undertake a Christmas album, was not interested in simply celebrating the season in his interpretations of holiday standards. There have been other such contemplative Christmas records: George Winston’s album, also called December, is calm rather than celebratory, and Barbra Streisand’s Christmas Memories, released in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks in 2001, is another collection that takes in the season’s complexities. Add Botti’s album to that list. The approach, of course, fits in with the trumpeter’s overall musical style. Often heard through a mute, his playing usually has an intimate, low-key character, and that is true here, too. Critics have compared him to Miles Davis, and to that one easily may add Chet Baker, especially because like Baker, Botti has chosen to sing here, applying an adequate tenor to Richard Marx’s “Perfect Day” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (the latter one of the more troubled of lyrics to become a Christmas standard). It isn’t all doom and gloom, of course; there’s a playful reading of “Winter Wonderland,” for instance. But this is still an album to be put on in the shank of the evening when the Christmas festivities have subsided, not at the height of the celebrations. – William Ruhlmann

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