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  • Personnel: Leon Redbone (vocals, guitar, harmonica, bass); Dr. John (vocals, piano, percussion); Frank Vignola (guitar, banjo); John Gill (banjo, baritone saxophone, drums); Cyndi Cashdollar (dobro); Bobby Gordon, Dan Levinson (clarinet); Brian Nalepka (accordion, upright bass); John Elliott (didgeridoo); John Eric Kellso (trumpet); Terry Waldo, Alan Gout (piano); John Davis (upright bass); Phil Hopkins (drums, percussion).
  • Principally recorded at Manhattan Recording Company, New York, New York in December 1987.
  • Personnel: Leon Redbone (vocals, guitar); Dr. John (vocals, piano, percussion); Frank Vignola (guitar, banjo); Cindy Cashdollar (dobro); John Gill (banjo, bass saxophone, drums); Kathryn Kienke, George Wozniak, Richard Hendrickson (violin); Brian Nalepka (accordion, upright bass); John Elliott (didjeridu); Dan Levinson, Bobby Gordon (clarinet); Jon-Erik Kellso (trumpet); Alan Gout, Terry Waldo (piano); John Davis & the Georgia Sea Island Singers (upright bass); Phil Hopkins (drums, percussion); Santa (sleigh bell, chimes).
  • Audio Remasterer: Tom Greto.
  • Audio Remixer: Tom Greto.
  • Recording information: Manhattan Recording Co., New York, NY; Ridge Farm Studios; Sound on Sound; The Warehouse.
  • Photographer: Laura Levine.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Jonathan Sulaiman; Sade Council; Britny Jones; The Islanders ; Jessica Fields; Liz Beth Zelle.
  • Leon Redbone's odd voice always takes a while to get used to, but his sincere interpretations of early jazz styles generally win audiences over. For this warm session, he sings 11 Christmas songs, including old favorites ("White Christmas," "Frosty the Snowman" and "Let It Snow") and some lesser-known but worthy numbers ("There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays," Terry Waldo's "That Old Christmas Moon," and the classic title cut). Joined by pianist Dr. John, the versatile John Gill (tripling on banjo, drums and bass sax), three strings, and clarinetist Bobby Gordon, among others, Leon Redbone's joyous performance should please his fans. ~ Scott Yanow
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