SANTA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG1 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
2 Santa Baby
3 God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
4 Winter Wonderland
5 White Christmas
6 Here Comes Santa Claus
7 You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
8 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
9 O Come All Ye Faithful
10 Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
11 The Christmas Song
PERSONNELDmitri Matheny, flugelhorn with
Brenda Boykin, Clairdee, and Paula West, vocals
Kenny Brooks, tenor saxophone
Rob Burger, accordion
Mark Taylor, French Horn
Brad Buethe, Benjamin Rodefer, guitar
Darrell Grant and Bill Bell, piano
Ruth Davies, bass
Jason Lewis and Eddie Marshall, drums
DESCRIPTIONStuff your stocking with this cool collection of Christmas classics, released in 2000, featuring vocalists Paula West, Clairdee and Brenda Boykin. “Matheny’s warm tone, playful nature and lyrical sensibilities and an extra dimension to this collection of holiday tunes.” —Mac McDonald, Monterey Herald
REVIEWS"Dmitri Matheny's Santa's Got a Brand New Bag crossed my desk a few weeks ago, and I can't seem to keep it off my desktop CD player. It's downright refreshing. That’s probably due to Matheny, a rising star in the jazz firmament, whose warm tone, playful nature and lyrical sensibilities add an extra dimension and freshness to this collection of tried-and-true holiday tunes."
"Flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny's Christmas jazz album mostly features his regular group (with Kenny Brooks on tenor and soprano, guitarist Brad Buethe, pianist Darrell Grant, bassist Ruth Davies, and drummer Jason Lewis), although various numbers also feature the French horn of Mark Taylor; Rob Burger on accordion; and vocals by Paula West, Clairdee, and Brenda Boykins. Highlights include happy versions of such songs as "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Winter Wonderland," and "Let It Snow." The closing "The Christmas Song" is taken as a brief, unaccompanied flugelhorn solo. A recommended acquisition for one's Christmas jazz collection."
—Scott Yanow, All Music Guide