Christmas – Jayne Lynch, Kate Flannery, Tim Davis, The Tony Guerrero Quintet

Ok, who out there thought these 3 could sing. But boy can they. I saw this while looking at the Holiday Music classification on Napster. Of course I had to hear this one to see if it’s real. It is real. And so enjoyable it ain’e even funny…or is it.

The CD is called “A Singin’ Little Christmas”. And it certainly is. The first song on the project is “A Swingin’ Little Christmas Time”. It starts the project off with a bang. I love swing music and this one is swing, loud, and tight. The 3 vocals couldn’t be any tighter. What a way to start the project !!! Go out on You Tube and check out the video on this one. You will get a kick out of it. One note: I know it says they are backed by a quintet. It’s more like a big band. “Up On The Housetop” is the next song. It’s the typical well-known ┬ásong with the 3 putting in some fun. This is where the three comedians put their signature shots in. The 3 slow things down with “Winter’s Never Cold (When You Are Around). They had some strings to this swing. The band kicks it back up again with “Good King Wenceslas”. They keep the tempo going strong with “Hallelujah Chorus”. I bet even Georg Friderick Handel would tap his toes with this jazz arrangement. They keep the vocal structure as Handel wrote it (if he wrote for SAT). This one has a really nice slow section for the quintet to take their turn.

The project continues with a nice jazz waltz version of “Bring A Torch, Jeanette Isabella”. The waltz continues with “Sentimental Christmas”. This one sounds like it was done back in the years of the crooners. A really nice arrangement. The lyrics will have you laughing. They added an organ to the mix with “Jingle Bells”. A nice mellow arrangement. Or at least you would think. But they pick it up as the song progresses.

The three show their chops on “Coventry Carol”. They do the song acapella. It is really nice. But the jazz kicks back in with the mellow swing ballad “Christmas Is My Favorite Time Of Year”. The three do their comedy with “Hey There, Santa”, another mellow jazz piece. They continue Christmas with a medley of “The First Noel/Canon in D”. Dave Brubeck would have liked “We Three King”. They take the Christmas carol and turn it with a 5/4 meter.

The trio takes a rest and gives the quintet a time to shine with “Silent Night”. A muted trumpet lead really makes this song a Christmas Memory. The project ends with “Carol of the Russian Children”, another acapella piece.

This project is a great surprise. It has three comedians showing that they can sing as well. I really enjoyed this a lot. I’m adding this to my Christmas record collection. Great job !!!!

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