STYLE: Jazz RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 87294-16226 LABEL: Independent FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
A last minute addition to the Cross Rhythms radio playlist is Clara's version of "Little Drummer Boy" from this download album. Clara is Clara Oman who charmed us with as commercial pop album in 2008. With this Yuletide ser, the Nashwille-based singer clearly demonstrates she is no pop princess with good looks substituting for barely adequate vocal ability but a highly acomplished vocalist able to handle jazz. here her clear-toned voice glides effortlessly across small group accompaniments with an outstanding piano player offering deft phrases like a cross between Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson. There are originals here like "Christmas Island" and "Puttin' On Plays" mixed with jazz-styled versions of some carols plus that delightful version of "Little Drummer Boy". Even when she ventures into Yuletide smaltz with "Let It Snow", Clara's clever tribute-to-the-Andrews-Sisters version keeps you smiling. After her stab at pop stardom, Clara has found her stylistic niche.
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