A collection of rare holiday gems from some of the greatest composers of our generation, including Henry Mancini, Burt Bacharach and Johnny Mandel. Nostalgic yet fully contemporary arrangements are masterfully performed by Greta Matassa, one of Seattle's most beloved singers. This recording also features the marvelous singing voice of bassist Clipper Anderson on several duets and featured solo tunes. "Greta Matassa is one of America's finest singers, and stands firmly among the best in today's jazz." - Jazz Review
1. A Christmas Love Song 4:51
2. The Bell that Couldn't Jingle 2:58
3. The First Snowfall 4:27
4. It's Christmas 3:23
5. Where Can I Find Christmas 3:22
6. Count Your Blessings 3:02
7. It's Christmas Time / Sleep Well Little Children 3:38
8. Every Christmas Eve / Giving 5:00
9. November in the Snow 3:15
10. It's Christmas Time Again 4:30
11. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year 2:54
12. Christmas Day 3:26
GRETA MATASSA - vocals
CLIPPER ANDERSON - bass, vocals
DARIN CLENDENIN - piano, string orchestrations
MARK IVESTER - drums, percussion
SUSAN PASCAL - vibraphone, marimba, orchestra bells, glockenspiel
JENNIFER LIND IVESTER - vocals, choral arranging
ALLIE IVESTER - vocals
GRAYSIE IVESTER - vocals
DAVID LANGE - accordian, celeste
JAY MABIN - harmonica
Produced by Clipper Anderson
Recorded & mixed by David Lange
at David Lange Studio, Edgewood, WA
in January, 2009
Mastered by Mark Guenther at Seattle Disc Mastering
Photo of Greta & Clipper by Tasha Owen
Cover photos by Andrejs Zemdega and Melanie Dayus
Cover design by John Bishop
All Music Guide (Ken Dryden) Vocalist Greta Matassa and bassist Clipper Anderson set out to make a Christmas CD that would stand out from the pack and they succeeded with And to All a Good Night. Bypassing most of the tradition's expected favorites, they drew little-known or forgotten songs from films, pop, and jazz, infusing them with thoughtful arrangements. Matassa begins w ...
Audiophile Audition (John Henry) This is definitely the Christmas CD to get if you want something jazzy and hip and not the same old same old. Of the dozen songs here, I think the only one that was familiar to me was Irving Berlin's "Count Your Blessings." Didn't know there were so many appropriate popular tunes for the holidays that didn't make the sophisticated listener grimace ...
JazzTimes (Lee Mergner) In this beautifully recorded and produced album from the underrated Origin label, holiday music is given a set of exquisite and precise arrangements. The Seattle-based Matassa is the chief lead singer, although co-leader and bassist Anderson takes a turn in the spotlight on a few songs. The music could perhaps be described as West Coast cool jazz, ...
Rifftides (Doug Ramsey) To ears accustomed to hearing the same holiday songs again and again, Matassa's and Anderson's repertoire is fresh. The composer and lyricist credits include familiar names?Johnny Mandel, Marilyn and Alan Bergman, Victor Young, Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini and Irving Berlin. But the Mandel-Bergman "A Christmas Love Song," Bacharach's and Hal David ...
Jazz Review.com (Thomas R. Erdmann) Probably the last thing anyone would ever expect to come from cutting edge jazz label Origin Records, would be a traditionally oriented jazz Christmas album, but that is exactly what we get in this release from vocalist Greta Matassa, and bassist and vocalist Clipper Anderson. If there is anything cutting edge about this release, it's in the fact ...