Holiday for Swing!

Holiday for Swing!

by Seth MacFarlaneSeth MacFarlane


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One thing eternal prankster Seth MacFarlane takes seriously is Frank Sinatra. He abandoned yucks in 2011 for a de facto Sinatra tribute called Music Is Better Than Words -- a record that so exactingly replicated the sound and style of Frank's Capitol LPs, it was recorded in the same room in the Capitol Records building that the Chairman of the Board used -- and it was successful enough to open the door for a sequel in 2014. MacFarlane, perhaps wisely, opted to channel his Sinatra obsession into a Christmas record called Holiday for Swing! Once again, he works with Joel McNeely -- the arranger/producer behind Music Is Better Than Words, plus all those animated homages to Wait 'Til Your Father Gets Home that MacFarlane airs on Fox -- with the intent of re-creating the snazzy snap of the holiday albums from Old Blue Eyes. So, Holiday for Swing! is another full-bore Frank tribute and, like its predecessor, it isn't bad. McNeely is a deft arranger steeped in the work of Nelson Riddle and Gordon Jenkins and MacFarlane is an able mimic, mimeographing Frank's cadences while wisely avoiding any attempts to conjure up the master's charm. Apart from the ever so slight notion that he's singing with a wink borrowed from Burl Ives -- a tell that gives away his status as a Gen-Xer weaned on Rankin & Bass holiday productions -- MacFarlane plays it straight, even when he's camping it up with Sara Bareilles on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Norah Jones is the other guest, singing on "Little Jack Frost Get Lost"), and this sincerity plays out in his favor. MacFarlane loves Frank too much to mess with his music so he winds up with a retro salute that's thoroughly pleasant.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2014
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602547013736
catalogNumber: 002183902
Rank: 110061

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seth MacFarlane   Primary Artist
Peter Erskine   Drums
Dan Bates   Oboe,Cor anglais
Mark Berrow   Violin
Dave Bishop   Flute,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone,B-Flat Clarinet
John Heley   Celli
Skaila Kanga   Harp
Rita Manning   Violin
Joel McNeely   Conductor
Kate Musker   Viola
Mark Nightingale   Tenor Trombone
Alan Pasqua   Piano
Frank Ricotti   Percussion
Tom Rizzo   Acoustic Guitar
Sonia Slany   Violin
Jamie Talbot   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,B-Flat Clarinet
Cathy Thompson   Violin
Richard Bissill   French Horn
Patrick Kiernan   Violin
Boguslaw Kostecki   Violin
Jackie Shave   Violin,Leader
Bruce White   Viola
David Hartley   Piano,Celeste
John Parricelli   Acoustic Guitar
David Daniels [cello]   Celli
Rolf Wilson   Violin
Ian Humphries   Violin
David Loucks   Background Vocals
Richard Watkins   French Horn
Colin Skinner   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,B-Flat Clarinet
Andy Panayi   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,B-Flat Clarinet
Everton Nelson   Violin,Leader
Nigel Black   French Horn
Dai Emanuel   Violin
Emlyn Singleton   Violin
David Pyatt   French Horn
Chris Cowie   Oboe,Cor anglais
Andy Wood   Bass Trombone
Gordon Campbell   Tenor Trombone
Magnus Johnston   Violin,Leader
Richard George   Violin
Andrew Haveron   Violin,Leader
Howard McGill   Flute,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone,B-Flat Clarinet
Ishani Bhoola   Violin
Reiad Chibah   Viola
Jennifer Barnes   Background Vocals
Camilla Pay   Harp
Mike Lovatt   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Vicci Wardman   Viola
Andrew Gathercole   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Adam Goldsmith   Acoustic Guitar
Missi Hale   Background Vocals
Graeme Blevins   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,B-Flat Clarinet
Jim Lynch   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Pat White   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Emil Chakalov   Violin
Tim Davis   Background Vocals
Martin Robertson   Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone,B-Flat Clarinet
Christopher Tombling   Violin
Karen Jones   Flute
Bozidar Vukotic   Celli
Caroline Dearnley   Celli
Nick Moss   Flute,Alto Flute,Tenor Saxophone,B-Flat Clarinet
Phil Todd   Flute,Alto Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,B-Flat Clarinet
Alison Dods   Violin
Julia Knight   Viola
Phillip Eastop   French Horn
Richard Berry   French Horn
John Bradbury   Violin
Teri Eiko Koide   Background Vocals
Eliza Marshall   Flute
Danny Marsden   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Timothy Gill   Celli
Steve Morris   Violin
Liam Kirkman   Tenor Trombone
Chuck Bergnoffer   Bass

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Dudley Brooks   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Isobel Griffiths   Contracting
Walter Kent   Composer
Joel McNeely   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Carl Sigman   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Robert Wells   Composer
Seger Ellis   Composer
Matthew Peak   Illustrations
Rich Breen   Engineer
Irving Gordon   Composer
John Blackburn   Composer
Karl Suessdorf   Composer
Lester Lee   Composer
Sidney Keith Russell   Composer
Hal Stanley   Composer
Irving Taylor   Composer
R. Alex Anderson   Composer
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Seth MacFarlane   Liner Notes
Joy Fehily   Executive Producer

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