Celebrated and ultra-talented jazz singer Jane Monheit presents her first holiday-themed collection with The Season. Her sultry voice has been compared to the likes of Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald and with her performances on this CD it is easy to see why. Monheit’s renditions of some of the most beloved Christmas classics and contemporary compositions prove The New York Times correct in their estimation that she is "the real thing."
It’s difficult to walk into a music store today and not find a recording by an artist for the holidays. Monheit can now be included into the great vocalists on this list that includes the likes of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and "Lady Day" herself. Her natural gifts enable her to convey a range of emotional facets to this release that spans the spectrum of the holiday season. Inspired by her favorite holiday album, Fitzgerald’s 1960 Verve release Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas, Jane emotes the joyful celebration that the holiday deserves and the heartfelt longing that often comes along with it.
The list of tracks is both eclectic and fitting. From the Carpenters’ "Merry Christmas Darling" to the 19th century carol "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day," the album is a great conglomeration of holiday favorites. She shows her range by mixing up the pace of the tunes from song to song. One of the highlights though is the perennial favorite "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." This hip rendition will leave children and adults snapping the fingers and tapping their toes through Monheit’s scat work. Her version of this classic can hold up to any performer’s.
If you are one of those people who fall head over heels into Christmas then this is the album for you.