Steven Davis: This is Christmas

Here’s a nicely swinging album by vocalist Steven Davis, who put out a hip album earlier this year called “What Happened to Romance.” . What’s most likeable about it is that the medium baritone takes lesser known pieces and brings them up in a snappy fashion. 80s star John Oates actually joins in on his own piece “Santa Be Good to Me” and it’s a fun one. There’s some nice swaggering brass on “Let’s Have a Swinging Holiday” while you feel cozy by the fireside as he delivers the intro to “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with strings. A hip groove is deep on “Holidaze’ and he has some fun on “You Be a Little Naughty.” A bit of spike in the egg nog on this one!

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