Chris Pasin warm brilliant holiday cheer Chris Pasin – BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE: It’s been a while since I gave trumpeter/flugelhorn player Chris my “PICK” in issue # 158, and now he’s put together a seasonal album that stands out nicely as one of the most cheerful I’ve heard in many years (for those who have been reading us for a while, you’ll know already that I seldom review holiday albums). It doesn’t hit the streets until October 6th, 2017, so you’ll only find the title track, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside“, posted for listening (& pre-sale) right now… but, that’s more than enough to let you know how HIP this coming holiday season is going to be… some great dialogue between Chris and vocalist Patricia Dalton Fennell that will put you in the mood for the festivities!
If jazz is the way you’d prefer to spend all your holidays, you’ll totally dig Chris’s upbeat rendition of the classic carol, “We Three Kings”… believe it or not, this one will have you up & dancin’ ’round the tree – all I can say for this splendid performance is – “HOT”!
You’ll have no worries about being “bogged down” with too much tradition when you listen to my personal favorite of the eleven tracks offered up for your yuletide jazz enjoyment… “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” like you’ve never heard it before will ring your bells and have you playing the track over & over again! I give Chris and his high-talent players (Armen Donelian – piano; Ira Coleman – bass; Jeff Siegel – drums; Rich Syracuse – bass; Peter Einhorn – guitar; Patricia Dalton Fennell – vocal) my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this most joyful holiday jam! Get more information about this fascinating player and his great album on Chris’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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