Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band: Wrap This-A Big Phat Christmas

Here’s the kind of Christmas album that drives me crazy. Gordon Goodwin’s arrangements of Christmas standards like “Carol of the Bells,” Little Drummer Boy” and “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” are so rich, swinging and clever that I want to listen to them all year round. But because of the material, I’ll only be able to enjoy this charmer for about 6 weeks. Take 6 does some wondrous vocals on “Do You Hear What I Hear” and Goodwin himself delivers an impressive tenor solo on “ I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” while Wayne Bergeron does his best impersonation of the angel Gabriel on “Have Yourself a  Merry Little Christmas.”

Any thoughts on an album for Presidents Day, or Fourth of July?


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