‘A Swingin Little Christmas’ certainly is the most fun Christmas album I’ve come across for 2016.
Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winning actress, Jane Lynch, is getting in the Christmas spirit with the release of a brand new Christmas CD, A Swingin Little Christmas. Best known for her role as Sue Sylvester on the musical mega-hit TV show, Glee, a successful run as Miss Hannigan in the Broadway revival of Annie and a critically acclaimed national tour of her own cabaret show, See Jane Sing, this album marks her first step as a international recording artist.
Jane didn’t come to the party alone, inviting her friends Kate Flannery (best known for her portrayal of Meredith on NBC s The Office) and Tim Davis (vocal producer for Glee and one of the industry s leading vocal arrangers) to join in as both featured singers and as part of a classic-sounding vocal group. The trio is accompanied by The Tony Guerrero Quintet a nationally recognised jazz ensemble in its own right with multiple CD releases to its credit.
A Swingin’ Little Christmas is unapologetically sentimental, recalling the classic Christmas albums of the 1950s and 60s. The album features fifteen tracks, including fresh takes on ten classic carols and five brand new nostalgia-inspired originals, penned by bandleader, Tony Guerrero. The disc is ripe with clever jazz arrangements, tight vocal harmonies and features a variety of instrumentations including a five-piece jazz quintet, a full big band and lush string orchestrations. Both Jane and Kate are well known for their comedic abilities, and while the album has several fun, lighthearted moments, there are also plenty of deep, rich and even serious musical moments to balance it out.
All singers hold their own on this album with many great alternative arrangements of the favourites like ‘We Three Kings‘, ‘Hallelujah Chorus‘ and ‘The First Noel/Canon in D‘. With some great originals like ‘Sentimental Christmas’ and an amazing band featured liberally, this album certainly appeals to me. I do need give a quick warning to the Christmas purists that some of the lyrics have had ‘comedic licence’ applied, which I think makes the album really good, but it isn’t one to play when Nanna comes over for a sing-along
I honestly chose this album as a bit of a gimmick and for its comedic value to start with but it certainly has surprised me and I would rate it the most fun album of Christmas 2016.
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Much of the information for this review was adapted from Amazon’s review of this album.