Ellis, Kenny / Hanukkah Swings!
Album: Hanukkah Swings!   Collection:Jazz
Artist:Ellis, Kenny   Added:Dec 2005
Label:Favored Nations  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-12-11 Pull Date: 2006-02-12 Charts: Jazz
Week Ending: Jan 1 Dec 25 Dec 18
Airplays: 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 13, 2011: That's Not Bluegrass
'twas The Night Before Hanukkah, Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah/Who Can Retell, Sevivon Sov, Sov, Sov
4. Dec 15, 2006: No Cover, No Minimum
Swingin' Dreidel
2. Dec 22, 2006: the jewish alternative
Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah/Who Can Retell, 'twas The Night Before Hanukkah
5. Dec 30, 2005: No Cover, No Minimum
Ocho Kandelikas
3. Dec 15, 2006: the jewish alternative
Children Of The Macabbees, Ocho Kandelikas, Sevivon Sov, Sov, Sov, Hanukkah Candles, Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah/Who Can Retell, Swingin' Dreidel
6. Dec 23, 2005: Memory Select
Swingin' Dreidel

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2005-12-11
We pass on a dozen "swingin' Christmas" CDs every year, but something about a swingin' Hanukkah CD seems novel and fun. Most songs combine English and Hebrew for extra charm. Ellis has a bright, clear voice and is backed by a slick band.

1- The Dreidel song, with big-band horns. Mid/fast and yeah, a bit corny, but fun.
2- Fast minor key, w/ cool guitar/marimba/piano backing
3- Slow, w/piano and strings. A bit gospel-like.
4- Mid/fast
5- Whoa -- Latin Hanukkah jazz! In Ladino, a language related to Spanish. It's legit, written by a descendant of Spanish Sephardic Jews, although Ellis notes in the promo materials that it's a children's counting song at heart. (See liner notes for history)
6- Slow, reverent, w/choir-like overdubs and strings
7- Mid/fast holiday melody, very '50s
8- Calypso!
9- Midtempo; a low-key, upbeat swing w/guitar solo
10- Upbeat sing-speaking, a funny "Night Before Xmas" satire based on a novelty Hanukkah greeting card.

Track Listing
1. Swingin' Dreidel   6. Children Of The Macabbees
2. Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah/Who Can Retell   7. Hanukkah Swingin' Holiday/Pour The Oil
3. Hanukkah Candles   8. Hanu-Calypso
4. Sevivon Sov, Sov, Sov   9. Rock Of Ages
5. Ocho Kandelikas   10. 'twas The Night Before Hanukkah