A warm, sincere holiday album. Merry jazz in the groove, a bit of classical, a touch of Enya, a little gospel. With JoAnn on piano and smoky vocals, along with an outstanding quartet of musicians, this CD is refreshing, joyful and easy to listen to.
JoAnn's arrangements of these holiday tunes make them fresh and bring a smile. From What Child is This, gently and beautifully sung in an Enya style, to Frosty The Snowman, reminiscent of Oscar Peterson, to the winsomely sung Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas to a Vince Guaraldi take on O Tannenbaum and a classical piano/bass theme and variations on O Come Little Children, this music is joyful, at times ethereal and calm enough to always be your go to holiday CD.
JoAnn Funk, piano and vocals Cindy Hermann, drums Merle Knudson, tenor sax Bruce Calin, bass Al Hager, bass Jocko MacNelly, bass and guitar
Recorded at Studio A, Creation Audio, Minneapolis Minnesota. Mixed and Mastered by Steve Wiese. Produced by Steve Wiese and JoAnn Funk. All arrangements by JoAnn Funk