Swingin' Christmas

Swingin' Christmas

by Michael Bolton



Michael Bolton was still sporting a full mane of hair and recording for Columbia/Sony when he released his last holiday album -- This Is the Time: The Christmas Album -- in 1996. Now, a sheared Bolton has moved to Concord, a jazz label, and has taken another stab at the holiday album on A Swingin' Christmas. The album's strongest selling point is that it gets right to the heart of the holiday song tradition, avoiding self-penned novelties and obscure carols for holiday favorites that everyone knows and loves. That means that fans who appreciate Bolton's vocal style, from his quiet rasp to his over-the-top dramatics, will now have his versions of ten classic Christmas songs in one place. Despite these qualities, however, some listeners may wish for something a little more invigorating. While Bolton may be inspired by the material, the production and arrangements are by the numbers, and while the title -- A Swingin' Christmas -- conjures up visions of jazzy big bands from yesterday, the result more often reminds one of a big band from a late-night talk show. Perhaps the biggest detraction for fans, however, is how short the album is at just 33 minutes. In other words, by the time one has poured the eggnog and cuddled up beside that significant someone, it will be time to get up and put another album on. Hardcore fans, however, will probably be unperturbed: repeat buttons, after all, were made for a reason.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2007
Label: Imports
UPC: 0888072304680
catalogNumber: 891041

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Bolton   Primary Artist
Peter Erskine   Drums
Kim Richmond   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bruce Dukov   Violin,Concert Master
Richard Todd   French Horn
Keith Allen   Background Vocals
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Richard Bullock   Bass Trombone
Darius Campo   Violin
Larry Corbett   Celli
Jeff Driskill   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Woodwind
Brandon Fields   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Armen Garabedian   Violin
Peter Kent   Violin
Ron King   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Carol Kleister   Viola
Michael Lang   Piano,Celeste,Hammond Organ
Rob Lockhart   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Warren Luening   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Andy Martin   Trombone
Bob McChesney   Trombone
Joe Meyer   French Horn
Dean Parks   Guitar
Tom Peterson   Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Katia Popov   Violin
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Arturo Velasco   Trombone
Brad Warnaar   French Horn
John Wittenberg   Violin
Sylver Logan Sharp   Background Vocals
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Rudy Stein   Celli
Shawne Jackson   Background Vocals
Kevin Richardson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kurt Lykes   Background Vocals
Gil Romero   Violin
Pete DeSiena   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Cammie Knight   Background Vocals
Steve Richards   Celli
Nicole Garcia   Violin
Ronnie Milo   Group Member
Dan Tobin Smith   Celli
Virginia Fernando   Group Member
Bruce Palley   Group Member
Jodie Butler   Background Vocals
Taryn Bolotin   Group Member
Jason Peterson Delaire   Saxophone
Josefina Gergara   Violin
Tammy Harwan   Violin
Onita Hutton   Background Vocals
Gayle Levant Richards   Harp
Alex Iles   Trombone

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Michael Bolton   Producer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
David Cole   Pro-Tools
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Vocal Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Jule Styne   Composer
Isaac Watts   Composer
Lowell Mason   Composer
Abbey Anna   Art Direction
Ralph Blane   Composer
Naomi Kaltman   Cover Photo
Chris Walden   Arranger
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Andrew Pham   Art Direction

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Swingin' Christmas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
bolton has that powerful rich voice that has been enjoyed for years,and he caries it out in this christmas album.I would highly sugjest it ot his fans!