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Christmas in Swingtime
     

Christmas in Swingtime

by Harry Allen
 
Harry Allen has made the kind of Christmas album that can be listened to all year round. A tenor saxophonist out of the swing-to-bop Stan Getz school, Allen is a lyrical stylist who loves presenting a good melody and then adding his own beautifully constructed variations. While there are few surprises in his holiday repertoire -- you can't go wrong with such treasures

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Harry Allen has made the kind of Christmas album that can be listened to all year round. A tenor saxophonist out of the swing-to-bop Stan Getz school, Allen is a lyrical stylist who loves presenting a good melody and then adding his own beautifully constructed variations. While there are few surprises in his holiday repertoire -- you can't go wrong with such treasures as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "Whiter Christmas" -- Allen does throw a curve ball when it comes to the instrumentation of his accompanying ensemble. Where a horn and classic piano- bass-drums rhythm section might be expected, Allen has replaced it with a lean organ-guitar and drums combo. Larry Goldings does a stellar job holding down the keyboard parts, while Peter Bernstein shines on guitar and the impeccable Jake Hanna keeps it all swinging on drums. (John Pizzarelli turns in a neat vocal on "Blue Christmas.") A contemporary classic, Christmas in Swingtime is a holiday gift for any jazz lover.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
This Christmas jazz release was released in Japan by BMG. The excellent swing tenor Harry Allen (whose tone is reminiscent of Stan Getz) is heard in a quartet with organist Larry Goldings, guitarist Peter Bernstein, and drummer Jake Hanna. Sticking mostly to familiar Christmas songs, Allen swings his way through such tunes as "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," and "Winter Wonderland," with John Pizzarelli taking a guest vocal on "Blue Christmas." This is a warm and accessible album that has its appeal beyond the jazz audience, although it will be difficult to locate in the U.S.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/09/2001
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0652405140920
catalogNumber:
51409

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Performance Credits

Harry Allen   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Goldings   Organ
Jake Hanna   Drums
Peter Bernstein   Guitar
John Pizzarelli   Vocals

Technical Credits

Buck Ram   Composer
Harry Allen   Producer
Felix Bernard   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Dick Smith   Composer
Ikuyoshi Hirakawa   Producer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Hiromichi Takiguchi   Engineer
Traditional   Composer

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