Donny Most – Swinging Down the Chimney Tonight
2016, Summit Records
- The Man With the Bag
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
- Santa Baby
- The Christmas Song
- C’est Si Bon
I never would’ve known that Ralph Malph from Happy Days released an EP of Christmas tunes if not for Me-TV’s Facebook page posting a link about it. I go into a lot of Christmas albums with an open mind. Most of the year, I’m pretty close-minded when it comes to the music I like to listen to, but I love listening to all kind of holiday releases. I was more than willing to check this release out because I love seeing what new releases there are each Christmas season.
As you might have guess by the album’s title, Swinging Down the Chimney Tonight is a jazzy affair. There’s no attempt to be modern here. Each of these classic holiday songs has been given a timeless big band jazz sound. Oh, and Donny Most? This guy is a fantastic singer! He was born in the wrong era! The man is a great crooner and his voice perfectly accompanies these songs, as does Becky Martin who duets with Donny on “Santa Baby” and “C’est Si Bon”.
This EP gets a big thumbs up for me and an easy recommendation for anyone that loves Christmas standards and big band music. My only question is… Why did Donny Most wait so long to release something like this?!