Baba Elefante | Bassic Christmas

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Bassic Christmas

by Baba Elefante

A celebration of holiday music performed on bass.
Genre: Jazz: World Fusion
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1. Wish You A Merry One
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2. We Three Kings
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3. The Chipmunk Song
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4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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5. Oh Christmas Tree
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6. Oh Holy Night
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7. The Christmas Song
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8. Christmas Time
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9. Little Drummer Boy
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10. Hark The Herald Angels Sing
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
As a musician and performer, Christmas music is a part of our life from November,
December and sometimes even into January. Musicians, especially jazz musicians,
are always looking for unique ways to perform pieces that we have played over 1000
times. We experiment, searching for a fresh approach out of creativity or
sometimes just boredom.
There are Christmas Cd's featuring steel drums, pan flute, and even zithers.
Why not bass?
I've always had a repertoire of arrangements for bass, including Christmas songs.
I started teaching some easy arrangements to my students. By doing that, I
discovered all kinds of interesting possibilities, from very simple to a bit more
complex.
This gave me the idea to record an "All Bass Christmas CD."
Everything recorded on this CD was performed on a bass.
I used an Acoustic bass, fretless and fretted 5 string and a 4 string electric.
On some tracks I used multi basses, and some are just one bass.
Being the producer and the artist, I gave myself complete creative control :)
I hope you have as much fun listening to it as I did recording it.

Thanks
Baba


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michael menduno

Baba Bassics
I generally don’t seek out Christmas music. In fact, the last Christmas music I bought was Bela Fleck & the Flecktones (w/Victor Wooten on bass), “Jingle All the Way” after I saw them in concert at Yoshi’s San Francisco in 2008. But Baba Elefante’s Bassic Christmas forced me to reign in my inner Scrooge.

The ten, unique bass-only Christmas classics—Baba plays the melodies, chord changes, bass lines, and even percussion using his 5-string F Bass fretless, a 200-year old Czech flatback acoustic bass, Fodera (fretted) Imperial and 63 Fender Jazz bass—caused me to relook at these holiday standards and appreciate them in a new way. Whether it’s the ringing bell melody ala F Bass harmonics on “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”, to the slide guitar-esque melody of “The Chipmunk Song,” the percussive fretless slap which Baba lays down the cadence to Little Drummer Boy, or his gorgeous Fodera chord melodies for “Hark the Herald Angel Sings,” Baba’s virtuosic arrangements and playing are eminently musical and hip, filled with both tasteful jazz and classical sensibilities. And his emotive, rhythmically-rich solos are provocative, sweet and moving. They opened my ears, compelling my mind to follow.

If you are not familiar with the Southern California-based bass player/composer you are in for a treat. Bass Player magazine nominated Baba as one of the nation’s top bass players whose work spans live performance, television, movies and the studio, recording with artists such as jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, saxophonists Pete Christlieb, Justo Almario, Eric Marienthal, and Brandon Fields, "Yes" keyboardist Patrick Moraz, Lee Osker of the band “War,” and "Kansas" lead vocalist John Elefante and Frank Stallone. He performs regularly with the Ron Kobayashi Trio, Joe Jewell Quartet and the Jody Fisher Trio.

Baba’s Bassic Christmas will make an ideal holiday gift for your favourite bass player, jazzer, and or music-loving friends. In fact, that’s what I am going to be gifting to my fellow bottom-enders and musical comrades this holiday season. You can’t go wrong with Baba’s Bassics! Lo-Lo-Lo!!
Check him out at: www.facebook.com/BelefanteMusic, www.reverbnation.com/babaelefante or www.myspace.com/babaelefante

One listener

The secret is Listening
I expected, when I sat down to listen to the CD to be listening to it in the background while I was answering stacked up emails and facebook requests.

Instead I ended up listening to each Christmas tune as if it were a new tune. The tunes are familiar, but the first tune “We wish you a Merry Christmas” is a short and unexpected “prelude” to the rest of the CD… its as if Baba is saying listen to How different this tune is… and you will have to keep your ears open and enjoy the rest.

We 3 Kings is a classical variation that builds on the familiar tune, goes out all over the place and comes back to the familiar tune.

The bass sounds coming from this Solo CD are amazing that its played so delicately and every note is chosen so that the tune is a perfect reminder that the Christmas season is coming soon…. , and You don’t always hear the same old “carols”.

The chipmunk Song, every one may know but haven’t heard this version. It makes you want to grab your friends and dance, like a little kid (or chipmunk). The fretless F bass sounds like it is playing with the Jazz Bass.

Have yourself a Merry little Christmas, you think is going to be a Ballad and then starts to swing.The tones of the basses and harmony fill the room and you want to get up and dance…
Oh Christmas tree swings even more

I thought Oh Holy night was only found in Churches sung by a choir or an Orchestral Instrumental. The voicing and the work put into the different voices on this version of Oh Holy night, give me the chills like it used to sitting in the church with 100 voice choir and the Rafeatti Pipe organ, only this is one Bass Player playing these notes and arpeggios on Bass. It’s the most Beautiful version of Oh Holy night I have ever heard.

The Christmas song makes the Fretted Bossa and Fretless F Bass and Christmas time force you to listen, as well as Hark the Herald Angels sing isn’t your “typical “ Carol because of the fretted Fadera sound

The little Drummer Boy – it’s familiar, but funkier than any version I have heard.

Baba’s playing makes you sit down and listen to each Bass, Both Bass’, all Basses harmonizing, complimenting each other. It sounds like multiple Bass players.

Sue Cross

100% bass and 100% musical genius
Anyone who thinks nothing new can be done with the old Christmas standards is in for a surprise! Baba Elefante has pushed the limits of creativity with his approach to these familiar tunes. The set opens with beautiful harmonics taking "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" into the realm of the angelic. This moves seamlessly into "We Three Kings," with the melody played in Baba's signature tone, which his fans can recognize instantly, anywhere, any time. His flawless sense of rhythm adds excitement to the project, from the playful approach on many of the tunes to the extraordinary percussion on "Little Drummer Boy." With its very mellow overall sound, this CD is perfect for background music at a party or a dinner. Then when you listen seriously, get ready for a mind-blowing experience. This is 100% bass and 100% musical genius.