'Tis a Swinging Holiday Season
I have wanted to do a Holiday Album for many years, but not a traditional one. I happened to be talking to Alan McPike about it and he said he might have a number of arrangements available. As usual, Alan floored me with some of his really swinging arrangements. This gave me all the impetus I needed to make the album. THE SONGS: The Christmas Song, The Little Boy Santa Claus Forgot and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas are all fairly standard arrangements. The Way Old Friends Do, performed in a swing style and Auld Lang Syne, performed in a funk style are great New Year's songs. Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Winter Wonderland, White Christmas and Let it Snow are swingers My Favorite Things, in 3/4 is reminiscent of John Coltrane. Alan McPike is undoubtably one of the U.K's finest keyboardists and arrangers. Again, Alan has done an outstanding job, both on the arrangements and his inspired performance. Thank you very much for a great effort.