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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Catn' round Sound artist: Carolyn Lee Jones - Christmas Is Here - New Release Review


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Christmas Is Here, from Carolyn Lee Jones, and it's a jazzy approach at contemporary seasons greetings. Opening with one of the season's top songs, The Christmas Song, Jones is bright and tight on her vocal lead with crisp piano soloing by Brad Williams, Jonathan Fisher on bass, and Tom Burchill who lays in some tasty lead guitar. Strong opener. Charlie Brown's favorite, Christmas Time Is Here is given a straight ballad cover with crystal clear vocals, piano and warm cello backing by Jonathan Fisher. Very nice. I particularly like Tony Baker's trombone solo on Warm December, a bouncy pop track. Johnny Moore's Merry Christmas Baby has a solid boogie woogie beat with Keith Jordan on trumpet, Tony Baker on trombone, Dave Monsch on bari, Lynn Seaton on bass, Dennis Durick on drums and Todd Parsnow on guitar and a fat sax solo by Mario Cruz. Santa Baby has gotten so much airplay over the past few years it's hard to pull it off, but with an horn rich backing, Jones does a nice job and a lush sax solo by Mario Cruz is cream on the top. Wrapping the release is an easy swinging take on Berlin's, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep). Jones really hits the pocket on this one and with strong piano work by Williams, a real nice bass solo by Lynn Seaton, and tight orchestration, this is a solid closer. 

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