OK, OK!! “Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas” is my favorite CD!
November 28, 2012
Mike’s wife Kristi here. I am the one at the CD table after every concert talking to audience members about which CD to buy. Since Mike has so many choices, I am asked constantly which CD is my favorite. I have thought a lot about this. And I have to say the “Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas” is my favorite. Why? For many reasons. Mike’s arranging skills are so amazing and his unique arrangements on this CD are just so perfect. For example “Deck The Halls” is arranged in a minor key and given such a different slant that Mike receives 80% of the writers royalties from Ascap (instead of the usual 10%) on the basis of the harmonic and melodic alteration, the jazz treatment of the traditional carol and the extensive proportion of new music. And the proof is that Mike’s “Deck the Halls” has been used in two major motion pictures; 2009’s “Obsessed” starring Beyonce, and 2008’s “This Christmas”. It was also on NBC’s show “Kath and Kim”. Add to this the amazing vocals of NW legendary jazz vocalist Greta Matassa singing on 7 of the cuts. Also adding some killer vocals is renowned bassist Clipper Anderson.
All in all, it is the type of CD that you can listen to over and over. But don’t take just my word for it. Here’s a review from a Christmas music critic:
“After listening to it for the first time, I felt extremely delighted, but now after repeated playings, it has captivated me to the point where I know I will listen to it for years to come. I own over 500 Christmas CD’s and this easily makes the Top 10 which I can tell you is REALLY saying something. That puts this CD right up there with Classic Christmas CD’s by Barbra Streisand, Manhattan Transfer, Mel Torme, The Carpenters, Maureen McGovern…well, you the idea. I think you can say that this CD is in very good company.” –Scott Nelson (Christmas music connoisseur)
It has such a variety of instrumentation and it just sparkles. To hear samples and purchase the CD or download the mp3 visit our store.