The Making of APS’s – “Christmas Time Is Here” – Steppers Version” – FREE download

At the Hook Studio, when it comes time to record a track for myself (Amon), and call in the Analog Players Society, it’s always an interesting experience.

– Vince Guaraldi was a serious jazz musician.  SERIOUS!  This dude was a genius.  Every time I hear him play the instrumental version of “Christmas Time is Here” for A Charlie Brown’s Christmas, it reminds me of growing up in the woods of Ohio, listenin’ to my mom and dad’s vinyl.  So naturally, being immersed in the Brooklyn that I love for so many years, I figured it was only fitting to do a nasty, skankin, steppers version of my one, favorite holiday track.

Here are some pictures from the session.  We pulled this session together in less than 36 hours.  Some of the players got an email or text from me at 4am, the night before the session.  It was my pleasure to be able to get my hombre, Ethan White, who was on a layover from his European tour with Tortured Soul.  The rhythm section, I had just had the pleasure of playing with backing up Lee Scratch Perry at the House of Blues.  Unfortunately, when it came time to record the horns, we forgot to take pictures!  But I had some of my two favorites in the house, as you’ll soon hear.

Full track credits are below.  I’m lucky to have the best of the best.  Long live session musicians in New York Fk’n City!

Piano – Ethan White

Bass – Josh Werner

Kit – Gintas Janusonis

Guitar – Singh Birdsong

Trumpet – Jonathan Powell

Baritone Sax – Will Jones

Percussion, Bells, Glockenspiel – Amon

Produced, Arranged, Recorded, and Mixed at The Hook Studio by Amon

Mastering by H_Peh

Writer – Vince Guaraldi 1965

Download it now for free – a gift from the Analog Players Society and The Hook Studio Happy Holidays.  – A



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