Simply Christmas [Deluxe Edition] [1 CD]

Simply Christmas [Deluxe Edition] [1 CD]

by Leslie Odom Jr.Leslie Odom Jr.

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Simply Christmas is the first holiday album from show biz triple threat Leslie Odom, Jr. It appears just three months after the S-Curve release of his reworked solo debut, Leslie Odom, Jr., which in turn arrived a year after the TV actor, singer, and stage performer originated the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway smash Hamilton: An American Musical. Though fans of the chart-topping cast album certainly aren't excluded here, Simply Christmas should especially please admirers of his jazz-styled eponymous album, as he presents similarly elegant versions of seasonal favorites ranging from Schubert's "Ave Maria" to 2008's "Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. Arranged mainly for piano throughout, with bass, drums, acoustic guitar, and rare keyboards and trombone, it's got small dinner parties and nostalgic winter evenings in front of the fireplace in mind. He and his accompaniment manage to make moving renditions of overplayed tunes such as "The First Noel." They do so with restrained performances that showcase the singer's interpretive ability, which honors a consistently wistful tone over grandstanding. Even knowledgeable jazz audiences needn't wince at seeing "My Favorite Things" on the track list; Odom's refined take on the oft-covered show tune-turned-jazz standard features a piano solo by Tommy King that's the most vibrant moment in a rendition that simmers with longing. Later, a light touch by vocals, bass, and acoustic guitar makes for an equally poignant version of the Carpenters' "Merry Christmas Darling." On record saying that he made Simply Christmas after getting requests for a Christmas album "a few times a week," Odom may need to brace himself for ongoing harassment after this exquisite set. [In 2017, Simply Christmas was re-released in a Deluxe Edition that added four new songs to the original set's track list: "The Christmas Waltz," "Christmas," "Edelweiss" (featuring Odom's wife, Nicolette Robinson), and "Please Come Home for Christmas."]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/2017
Label: S-Curve Records
UPC: 0075597933666
catalogNumber: 93366
Rank: 213

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leslie Odom   Primary Artist
Steve Kujala   Flute
John Beasley   Piano
Curt Bisquera   Drums
Jeff Driskill   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Greg Huckins   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Sal Lozano   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Charlie Morillas   Trombone
Mark McLean   Drums
Jamie Hovorka   Trumpet
Alex Budman   Clarinet
Andrew Synowiec   Guitar
Willie Murillo   Trumpet
Dezron Douglas   Upright Bass
Roy Dunlap   Keyboards
Tommy King   Piano
Annastasia Victory   Piano
Orlando Lefleming   Bass,Upright Bass
Mike Rocha   Trumpet
John Davis   Drums
Juliane Gralle   Trombone
Steven Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Matthew Bumgardner   Trombone
Senfaub Stoney   Percussion
Jacques Voyemont   Trombone
Michael Mitchell   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Rob Mathes   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Michael McElroy   Arranger
Johnny Nice   Engineer
Shervin Lainez   Cover Photo
Alba Quezada   Dialect Coach
Yosimar Gomez   Engineer
Joseph Abate   Producer
Jordan Purvis   Engineer

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