from MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY
Written by David Foster & Linda Thompson
“Grown-up Christmas List,” composed by David Foster and Linda Thompson, is one of the true modern-day Christmas classics together with Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas,” co-written by Foster’s pal Walter Afanasieff, and Wham’s perennial hit, “Last Christmas,” written and sung by the late George Michael (1963-2016). Foster originally recorded “Grown-up Christmas List” in 1990 with the late Natalie Cole (1950-2015) for his solo River Of Love album. That first version was also included in Foster’s 1993 The Christmas Album.
Christian pop star Amy Grant sang the first significant cover of the song with the title slightly changed into “My Grown-up Christmas List” in 1992. Ms. Grant’s rendition included another verse that she wrote herself and became one of the most successful takes of the song, it became a Top 20 hit on the Christian Digital Songs chart back in 2011. Other notable covers of “Grown-up Christmas List” have been performed by Barbra Streisand, Kelly Clarkson, who reached the Top Twenty Adult Contemporary with her 2003 cover, Aretha Franklin, The Manhattan Transfer, Dave Koz, Luis Miguel, Jane Monheit and Bryan Duncan. Foster himself produced new versions of “Grown-up Christmas List” for the likes of Michael Bublé, Charice and Jordan Smith. Both Bublé’s and Charice’s renditions can be found in the archives. Every Christmas arrives and brings a new interpretations of “Grown-up Christmas List.” This year, for example, the legendary Patti Labelle performed the song with great passion on her festive Home For The Holidays with Friends cd, but the best surprise came with a gorgeous jazz rendition of “Grown-up Christmas List” by the Fabrizio Bosso Quartet.
The Italian Mr. Bosso is one of Europe’s premiere trumpet players and has just released a festive cd titled, Merry Christmas Baby. This jazz arrangement of the trademark Foster melody is sublime. The song in the hands of such skilled jazz musicians goes in a different direction that takes you to a new place and reaffirms the evocative power of good music. Bosso’s partners on the track include Julian Oliver Mazzariello on piano, Jacopo Ferrazza on the double bass and Nicola Angelucci on drums. This beautiful cover of “Grown-up Christmas List” confirms the quality of this song. Check out Merry Christmas Baby by the Fabrizio Bosso Quartet for a unique spin on many holiday classics. Enjoy the music….. and Happy Holidays!
Trumpet: Fabrizio Bosso
Acoustic Piano: Julian Oliver Mazzariello
Double Bass: Jacopo Ferrazza
Drums: Nicola Angelucci