Summers, Johnny / It's Christmas Time
Album: It's Christmas Time   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Summers, Johnny   Added:Dec 2015

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2015-12-06 Pull Date: 2016-02-07 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jan 3 Dec 27 Dec 20 Dec 13
Airplays: 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 30, 2021: Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Dec 26, 2015)
'zat You, Santa Claus?
4. Dec 26, 2015: Music Casserole
'zat You, Santa Claus?
2. Dec 15, 2016: Melange
Winter Wonderland
5. Dec 16, 2015: 112-16-2015
Baby, It's Cold Outside, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
3. Jan 02, 2016: Music Casserole
'zat You, Santa Claus?
6. Dec 14, 2015: 12-14-2015
I'll Be Home For Christmas, Baby, It's Cold Outside, Winter Wonderland

Album Review
Margy Kahn
Reviewed 2015-12-02
Fresh take on some familiar and some new Christmas songs by Canadian jazz artist Johnny Summers and the Calgary Jazz Orchestra; big band sound updated; nice tenor voice; well-executed arrangements.


Favorite Tracks: 1, 5,7, 11

*1-'Zat You, Santa Claus? -5:53 – fun, noir sounding spin on Santa Claus

2-The Christmas Waltz – 3:12 – peppy waltz by Jules Styne

3-Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer –4:35 –nice instrumental flourishes on this classic

4-Long Way to Go –7:45-- gospel-type song written by Summers; lyrics are a little predictable

*5- Winter Wonderland –3:39 –stride piano style accompaniment

6—What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? – 4:49 – horn intro; slow; great piano accompaniment on this Frank Loesser song

*7-- Baby, It's Cold Outside –3:30 – nice take on this Frank Loesser tune; upbeat; duet

8-When It's Christmas Time – 5:45 – Johnny Summers tune; classic rock & roll style

9-Let It Snow! Le It Snow! Let It Snow! --3:26 – moves right along; nice guitar solo

10—O Holy Night – 6:49 – fifties ballad style segues into jazz, more verses than I've ever heard to this; it's definitely not the Pavarotti version!

*11-I'll Be Home for Christmas –3:42 – quite slow; a little campy

Track Listing
1. 'zat You, Santa Claus?   6. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
2. The Christmas Waltz   7. Baby, It's Cold Outside
3. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer   8. When It's Christmas Time
4. Long Way To Go   9. Let It Snow! Le It Snow! Let It Snow!
5. Winter Wonderland   10. O Holy Night
  11. I'll Be Home For Christmas