This Time of the Year

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Steve Tyrell may not have the vocal chops of, say, Tony Bennett, but he’s got a positive energy and a sheer love of singing that have endeared him to a strong and ever-growing fan base. The first holiday music album from this gruff-voiced swinger finds Tyrell in his element, covering classic tunes with the assistance of top-drawer jazz musicians. All the secular jewels are here: “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “The Christmas Song,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” among them; Tyrell also finds room for everyone’s favorite piece of holiday grit, “Merry Christmas Baby,” and "The Christmas Blues," as well as the lovely Frank Loesser ballad “What Are You Doing on New ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
Steve Tyrell may not have the vocal chops of, say, Tony Bennett, but he’s got a positive energy and a sheer love of singing that have endeared him to a strong and ever-growing fan base. The first holiday music album from this gruff-voiced swinger finds Tyrell in his element, covering classic tunes with the assistance of top-drawer jazz musicians. All the secular jewels are here: “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “The Christmas Song,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” among them; Tyrell also finds room for everyone’s favorite piece of holiday grit, “Merry Christmas Baby,” and "The Christmas Blues," as well as the lovely Frank Loesser ballad “What Are You Doing on New Year’s Eve?” His obvious affection for this material, and the swinging rapport he has with his musicians, particularly the great trumpeter and singer Clark Terry, who is featured on a terrific rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” make this album a joy.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Steve Tyrell has attracted enough attention for his two regular albums, A New Standard and Standard Time, that he is almost beyond journalists' usual tack of describing a new singer's voice by who he sounds like; pretty soon, they'll be saying that other singers sound like him. But it remains true that if you have never heard him but you are familiar with Dr. John, your first reaction upon hearing him is likely to be that you are listening to Dr. John. Well, maybe a younger Dr. John, and one whose accent isn't quite as swampy. But the basic elements -- the grit and gravel in the tone, the slurred, deep South phrasing -- are much the same. Of course, Tyrell comes by the sound of his voice honestly, hailing from Houston, TX, and boasting a musical career albeit, behind the scenes as long as Dr. John's. But it remains true that Dr. John got there first, and so the comparison remains inevitable. As on his regular albums, Tyrell lines up a cast of jazz heavyweights for these small-group sessions, allowing plenty of space for soloing, particularly by trumpeter Clark Terry, who shines on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "The Christmas Song." Tyrell is at his best on the bluesier numbers, especially "Merry Christmas Baby," but he adds soul to anything he sings. His fans are likely to welcome this just as they did his first two albums. But don't be surprised when you've got this disc in the CD player on Christmas Eve and your visiting cousin Shirley says, "I didn't know Dr. John made a Christmas album!"
Entertainment Weekly
Tyrell delivers a finger-snappin'. soulful holiday set that'll please both standards lovers and hipsters.
Downbeat
Overall, it's an enjoyable listen, and Tyrell is full of vigor.

Tyrell delivers a finger-snappin'. soulful holiday set that'll please both standards lovers and hipsters.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998663824
  • Catalog Number: 86638

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Tyrell Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Plas Johnson Saxophone, Soloist
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet, Vocals, Background Vocals, Voices, Soloist
John Guerin Drums, sleigh bells
Jill Jaffe Strings
Marlena Jeter Background Vocals
Birch Johnson Trombone
Randy Kerber Piano, Vibes
Bob Magnusson Bass
Bob Mann Guitar
Lou Marini Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Bob Millikan Trumpet
Lorenza Ponce Strings
Roger Rosenberg Saxophone
Toots Thielemans Harmonica, Soloist
Antoine Silverman Strings
Dorian Holly Background Vocals
Eliot Douglass Piano, Vibes
Lauren Tyrell Background Vocals
Natalie Cenovia Cummins Strings
Anja Wood Strings
Maxim Moston Strings
Technical Credits
J. Marks Composer
David Coleman Art Direction, Cover Photo
Doug Epstein Engineer
Bob Mann Arranger, Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Steve Tyrell Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Jeffrey "Woody" Woodruff Engineer
Johnny Moore Composer
Stephanie Tyrell Producer
Robert Hadley Mastering
Bobby Ginsburg Engineer
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