STYLE: Jazz RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 5719-5565 LABEL: Brentwood CD5296J FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 1997-09-19 RRP: £10.99
Reviewed by Sue Rann
This collection of Christmas tunes is touted as having a "warm, honest feel that perfectly evokes the joy and sparkle of Christmas." Well, it's smoothly produced, as you'd expect given the pedigree of the people involved. The jazz arrangements are consistently pleasant and undemanding, but "O Come All Ye Faithful" is the first among the playlist that doesn't sit well with the harmonies and syncopated rhythms of jazz style. I love jazz, but found this an uncomfortable blend; not completely successful: too reminiscent, despite high production values, of the schmoozy syncopated jingles that assault the ears in a million shops every year from mid-November onwards. Pass.
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