The formula for a "good" seasonal release is of course a.) get good talent b.) play the hits...Rick Braun simply nails this one! Not only does Swingin' In The Snow feature the great Rick Braun but he gets by with a little help from his friends which include Mindi Abair, David Benoit, Greg Karukas, Dave Koz, Phillippe Saisse, Kirk Whalum and Peter White.
Sound good? Hang on and toss in a string quartet and a gospel choir led by the legendary R&B flavor of Jeffrey Osborne and good suddenly becomes great. Some of the highlights on this holiday gem include Phillip Saisse and his wonderful and slightly more traditional arrangement of "The Christmas Song." To freshen things up just a touch Rick Braun and Peter White lay down a swingin' acoustic take on "Sleigh Ride" and then Braun teams up with Dave Koz on an endearing riff on "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas." Rick Braun also shows off his along with Mindi Abair's vocal chops with some sass on "Baby It's Cold Outside."
There are a ton of good Christmas releases floating around and over the next few weeks you will see most of them being advertised in some format be in cyber space or the traditional brick and mortar store. Keep in mind Braun is donating one dollar from each album sale to the Autism Society of America, a most worthy cause and wouldn't it be nice to know that your hard earned dollar is going to help such a worth while cause?
Rick Braun and Swingin' In The Snow can truly be the gift that keeps on giving!
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Tracks: I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm; It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year; Oh Tannenbaum; Baby It's Cold Outside; The Christmas Song; Sleigh Ride; Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas; No Place Like Home For The Holidays; I'll Be Home For Christmas; White Christmas; Silent Night.