In the Swing of Christmas [Bonus Tracks]

( 4 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Since Manilow released his previous delightful holiday album A Christmas Gift of Love in 2002, the legendary singer and entertainer became a Las Vegas staple and experienced a pop chart renaissance with his collections of greatest songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. True to its title, his engaging third Christmas CD is more swinging and jazzy than his other two, which had an interesting musical variety but were definitely more pop. Since his '70s heyday, the singer has done everything from brilliant jazz, big-band, and show tune projects to a fanciful Sinatra tribute, and here he creates unforgettable arrangements of many familiar songs that draw from all of these ...
See more details below
CD
$11.39
BN.com price
(Save 5%)$11.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (9) from $1.99   
  • New (3) from $11.15   
  • Used (6) from $1.99   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Since Manilow released his previous delightful holiday album A Christmas Gift of Love in 2002, the legendary singer and entertainer became a Las Vegas staple and experienced a pop chart renaissance with his collections of greatest songs of the '50s, '60s, and '70s. True to its title, his engaging third Christmas CD is more swinging and jazzy than his other two, which had an interesting musical variety but were definitely more pop. Since his '70s heyday, the singer has done everything from brilliant jazz, big-band, and show tune projects to a fanciful Sinatra tribute, and here he creates unforgettable arrangements of many familiar songs that draw from all of these genres. Texturing his own voice, he creates a Take 6-flavored twist on "Silver Bells," then on "Jingle Bells," mixes a hard-driving jazz trio and '40s big-band-flavored approach with a touch of the whimsy of Barbra Streisand's famous version. His MaD Fusion trio featuring the wild piano improvisations of Matt Herskowitz adds inspired energy to a medley of two songs we've heard a million times but rarely as entertainingly, "Joy to the World"/"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Beyond enjoying Manilow's mix of unique jazzy vocal approaches with tender straightforward deliveries as on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,", what makes this perhaps his best Christmas disc are a few unexpected song choices: the beautiful "Violets for Your Furs" best known as a song on Frank Sinatra's legendary 1954 album Songs for Young Lovers; the easy swinging, brass-inflected "Toyland," from Victor Herbert's operetta Babes in Toyland, and "Count Your Blessings," the "other song" Irving Berlin wrote for the film White Christmas. Fans of Manilow and Christmas music would pick up this disc even if it was average and prosaic, but the obvious love the artist put into these fresh choices and arrangements makes it one of his most unique and inspired efforts ever.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 886975749027
  • Catalog Number: 757490
  • Sales rank: 210,684

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barry Manilow Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Tom Scott Flute, Saxophone
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Jeff Bunnell Trumpet
Jim Cox Keyboards
Randy Crenshaw Background Vocals
George Doering Guitar
John Ferraro Drums
Dan Fornero Trumpet
Jeff Gunn Background Vocals
Randy Kerber Piano
Joe La Barbera Drums
Michael Lang Piano
Warren Leuning Trumpet
Michael Lloyd Background Vocals
Patty Lloyd Background Vocals
Sal Lozano Woodwind
Warren Luening Trumpet
Debbie Lytton Background Vocals
Eric Marienthal Woodwind
Andy Martin Trombone
Charlie Morillas Trombone
Greg O'Connor Background Vocals
Ron Pedley Keyboards
Tim Pierce Guitar
Gregg Field Drums
Jeffrey Foskett Background Vocals
Leland Sklar Bass
Michael Valerio Bass
Jay Mason Woodwind
Mat Fieldes Bass
Matt Herskowitz Piano
Jennie Snyder Background Vocals
David Rozenblatt Percussion, Drums
John "Hot Fat Reynolds" Ferraro Drums
Susie Stevens Background Vocals
Brian "Bubbles" O'Connor French Horn
David Rozenblatt Percussion, Drums
Greg O'Connor Background Vocals
Brian O'Connor French Horn
Technical Credits
Victor Herbert Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Barry Manilow Arranger, Composer, Producer, Author
Clifford Brown Composer
Vince Guaraldi Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Greg Bartheld Engineer
Felix Bernard Composer
Randy Crenshaw Vocal Arrangements
Ray Ellis Arranger
Jon Hendricks Composer
Randy Kerber Horn Arrangements
Jay Livingston Composer
Michael Lloyd Arranger, Producer, Digital Editing
Johnny Marks Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Don Murray Engineer
Greg O'Connor Arranger, Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Bill Schnee Engineer
Bruce Sussman Composer, Lyricist
George Wyle Composer
Bob Kearney Engineer
Nigel Lundemo Digital Editing
Koji Egawa Engineer
Roger Treece Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Ralph Blane Composer
Lee Mendelson Composer
Glen MacDonough Composer
Traditional Composer
Sanwook "Sunny" Nam Mastering
Scott Erickson Producer, drum programming
Thomas Adair Composer
Greg O'Connor Arranger, Producer
James Pierpont Composer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 4 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(1)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews
  • Posted January 6, 2012

    I LOVE this CD!!!!!

    This is one of the BEST Christmas CD's in a long while. I love Barry Manilow and his newest Christmas song, Christmas is Just Around the Corner, is the first new Christmas song in a loonnng time that I have actually liked. It just puts you in the mood for Christmas to listen to this. I would highly recommend this to anyone!!!!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointing arrangements of Christmas favorites--carries Jazz a bit too far in this material. Purchased it for the Rudolph song, which is the only piece on the whole CD that I liked. There is a difference between "swing" and Jazz".

    Same as above.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    My Review

    Barry's Swing Into Christmas cd is the best holiday cd i've heard in a long time. Every tract on the cd is wounderful. The bounes songs are so great, I love Christmas Is Around The Corner" Is so sweet.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 4 Customer Reviews