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A Swingin' Christmas

Tony BennettAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia / Sony
  • ASIN: B001EYGOG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'll Be Home For Christmas
2. Silver Bells
3. All I Want For Christmas Is You
4. My Favorite Things
5. Christmas Time Is Here
6. Winter Wonderland
7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
8. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
9. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm duet with Antonia
10. The Christmas Waltz
11. O Christmas Tree

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2008 album release Swingin' Christmas featuring the Count Basie Big Band. Bennett has 15 Grammy Awards along with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2001). 'Tony Bennett is among the most recognized human beings on the planet.' ~Vanity Fair. The album tracks are 'The Christmas Song', 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', 'I'll Be Home for Christmas, 'Winter Wonderland', 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town', 'Christmas Time is Here', 'My Favorite Things', 'The Christmas Waltz', 'Christmas Auld Lang Syne', 'Silver Bells' and 'Christmas Tree'.

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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Everything about this CD . . . from its cover photo (a send-up of Norman Rockwell's famous "Freedom from Want" oil painting) with veteran jazz pianist Monty Alexander standing beside Tony to present a picture-perfect turkey to fellow Basie Band alumni -- from the front cover, to Tony's own back-of-the-liner notes water color (Christmas in Vermont?) . . . everything about this CD is a work of art!

Hard to believe, but it's been a full 40 years, since Tony Bennett recorded his last Christmas album -- a classic titled "Snowfall" --- recorded in both London and New York, (orchestrated / conducted in both cities, by Tony's "all-time favorite arranger," the late Robert Farnon).

When the CD version was released more than a decade ago, editorial reviewer "Steve Gdula" stated at the time that, Tony's SNOWFALL album "renders every other version of these songs `null and void'."

Well, with the release this day of "Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Big Band's SWINGIN' CHRISTMAS," I declare these brand new renditions of Christmas favorites to be equally terrific, in their own sweet way!

Highlights? Tony's duet with daughter "Antonia" on a delightful re-working of Irving Berlin's `other' seasonal classic, presented by father & daughter as, "WE'VE Got OUR Love to Keep US Warm," -- brilliantly orchestrated by one of Frank Sinatra's late-in-life arrangers, Frank Foster.

Speaking of great arrangers . . . the "Dean" of living orchestrators Johnny Mandel MAY have arranged my favorite track on this new album "ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU" -- a song Johnny co-wrote with the Bergmans, Marilyn and Alan (whose earliest hit for Frank Sinatra, before they were married, was "Nice `N' Easy").
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Tony Bennett's "A Swingin' Christmas" and Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album are two of the most remarkable and my top favorite Christmas albums that totally impressed my ears for the many beautiful things they are made of. This is truly a winning Christmas album that I merrily recommend to be a part of your Christmas celebrations. Likewise, it is a perfect stocking stuffer.

With this Christmas album, Tony Bennett presents notable Christmas carols recorded in the most charming settings starting off with the swingiest version of "I'll Be Home For Christmas." Its engaging Big Band chart arrangement is such a delight to listen to and it sets the tone to the rest of the tracks with Big Band arrangements such as "Silver Bells," "Winter Wonderland," "My Favorite Things," "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" which features Andy Snitzer playing tenor sax solo, and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm," an attractive duet with his daughter, Antonia Bennett, whose charming vocal style is something Mr. Bennett should be proud of.

The beauty and charms of this Christmas offering is magnified by the backing of some of the finest musicians in the music world. A big thanks to Monty Alexander and Lee Musiker who will dazzle you with their extraordinary talents in piano. There's Toots Thielemans to beguile you with his exceptional ability in playing his harmonica flawlessly in "All I Want For Christmas Is You." There's Gray Sargent to delight you with his great guitar artistry. There's Paul Longosch to enthrall you with his ingenuity in bass playing. There's Harold Jones to stun you with his incredible flair in drums. There's the 13-piece Count Basie Orchestra to astound you with its Big Band style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay because it is Tony Bennett but... December 21, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
It is good generic Christmas music with that great Tony Bennett voice. But it doesn't swing the way you would expect from a Basie album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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We added Tony Bennett's holiday record to our collection this year, and it moved some other classics aside. We enjoyed if for the whole season, and decided it would make a nice stocking stuffer to several relatives besides. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Swingin' Christmas January 9, 2011
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Excellent. I have given numerous folks this CD and they rave about listening enjoyment. Forever listenable throughout the years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tony's Wonderfully Jazzy Christmas!!! January 4, 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a wonderful collection of songs that will really brighten your holiday!
Tony is in EXCELLENT voice! Please dont listen to the naysayers who say differently!
One review says that he clips his notes and speaks phrases and "improvs" Well,THAT"S JAZZ! Mr Bennett is singing with the Count Basie Band for goodness sake! Basie gives Tony's singing a very jazz inspired feel that is a different to his more Pop style crooning on other CDs. This album is a testament to the gentleman's versatility, and will be appreciated by those who love Jazz and straight Pop. Buy it and you will enjoy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music January 17, 2009
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I love this CD. I will play it all year round. Toni is fine form and really outshines todays "stars".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Swingin' Christmas, Tony Bennett January 14, 2009
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This is a wonderful Christmas CD. We are lovers of big band, and Tony Bennett and the Count Basie Orchestra really deliver in this CD. Great gift.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Packaging very good, shipping time very good, plays fine, would recommend.
Published 1 month ago by Jean M Parenteau
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
There were no problems with this order
Published 2 months ago by Lyn
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
Gave to my 86 year old dad, he likes to listen to music on his car trips, and he travels a lot.
Published 4 months ago by deb
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Fun and upbeat album for the holidays. My family loves it. After hearing mine my mom asked for it for Christmas.
Published 6 months ago by Lisa K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great band and Tony is the best there is. The Basie band is as good as it gets a real treat!
Published 7 months ago by Arizona Archery Club LLC
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
great CD, just what I wanted. My husband is getting into this older music and it was alot of fun listening to it!
Published 7 months ago by Sheryl Petree
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas gifts.
Gave a bunch of these away this past holiday season - everyone loved them. Who knew Tony Bennett had so many fans??
Published 7 months ago by monkeybutt usa
4.0 out of 5 stars solid, classic Christmas
Like most of the songs. Wish they were all upbeat, swing tunes. I'm not a big fan of slow, dowdy Christmas tunes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by RoseZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful ,music
Tony Bennett has lovely music. The music is absolutely beautiful! I really love his songs and the musicians are absolutely wonderful. Wow! Read more
Published 16 months ago by S. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Tony!
What's not to like about Tony Bennett. All of his albums are great and this one is no exception.
We should have bought it before Christmas so we could have enjoyed it longer.
Published 18 months ago by Keiki O Ali'i
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