Released by North Star, this album of Christmas favorites by the fabulous Rosemary Clooney was compiled by Concord Records, presumably from more than one of the many albums she has recorded for that label over the years. Anyone who has read more than a handful of this writer's reviews will be aware of his fondness for Rosie whose distinctive voice and easygoing style have always struck a responsive chord. She is, quite simply, one of the most wonderful pop singers ever (our opinion, of course, but one that is shared by many others). She's accompanied here mainly by large orchestras, sometimes with strings and, on occasion, an unidentified back'up chorus. The arrangements, also anonymous, are first'rate, the choice of material likewise, starting with Bob Wells / Mel Torm's classic 'Christmas Song' and including, among others, Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas' (on which she sings the lovely introductory verse) and other well'known seasonal songs blended with a few lesser'known melodies such as 'Sleep Well, Little Children,' 'Christmas Mem'ries,' Lee Mendelson / Vince Guaraldi's 'Christmas Time Is Here' (written for a Peanuts television special) and Matt Dennis / Tom Adair's 'The Spirit of Christmas.' On the medley of 'Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town / Hey Kris Kringle' Rosie is joined by an unnamed male singer whose voice I can't quite identify (it's not Michael Feinstein but closer to him than Bing Crosby). The recording quality is excellent, playing time modest at less than forty'two minutes. A congenial and unassuming soundtrack for those festive holiday get'togethers.
Track Listing: The Christmas Song; White Christmas; Let It Snow; It?s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year; Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas; Winter Wonderland; Sleep Well, Little Children; I?ll Be Home for Christmas; Christmas Time Is Here; Santa Claus Is Coming to Town; The Christmas Waltz; Christmas Mem?ries; The Spirit of Christmas (41:48).
Personnel: Rosemary Clooney, vocals; other personnel unlisted.
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell
I fell in love with jazz through my dad Bobby Hirst who was a jazz pianist for over 50 years around the UK and Europe. He was such a modest man but an incredible musician. I tinkered with piano but found myself drawn to guitar after listening to Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Kenny Burrell. Misty by Erroll Garner is one of my favourite tracks. My current choice of guitars are Gibson ES335 & ES175 although I only own Epiphone copies at present. I also play classical guitar and love to play jazz on them. I have recently moved to Leeds from York and hoping to meet new friends in the jazz community.