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Album Review

The great swing revival of the late '90s introduced the mostly forgotten style to a new legion of fans, as well as reconnecting with others. And while a landslide of swing-themed releases flooded the marketplace, it's safe to say that there wasn't a single swing release to incorporate Jewish and Hanukkah themes into its sonic stew. Singer Kenny Ellis realized the void, and did something about it — issuing Hanukkah Swings! in time for the holiday season of 2006. The Frank Sinatra-styled album opener, "Swingin' Dreidel," sounds comparable to the similarly styled theme song from The Osbournes TV show, while the Ellis original "Hanukkah Candles" treads on schmaltz territory. Elsewhere, the big-band sounds of "Sevivon Sov, Sov, Sov" is a highlight, and "Hanu-calypso" manages to successfully merge two styles that you wouldn't expect. If you're looking to liven up your next holiday gathering with some fun and unexpected sounds, Hanukkah Swings! may just be the hit of your party.

Customer Reviews

I think you're going to like this.

I'm throwing a Hanukkah get together and I stumbled upon this cd and I was quite impressed. I didn't realize they were doing things like this with Haunkkah music. The repetoir of Hanukkah music has always been very limited so I was very pleased to find these big band versions of these songs. Kenny's got a great Sinatra-esq voice and the songs are very fun. I recommend this for anybody who's looking for a little fun at their next Hanukkah/Holiday get together.

Such Chazanus!

Yasher ko'ach! Kol hakavod. I love this guy, Kenny Ellis! He is awesome! Such chazanus! He adds his own unique flavor to jazz up the traditional Chanukkah melodies. Such a mechaiyah to sit and listen to Cantor Kenny while I take my shvitz.

Fantastic Hanukkah music!

Great stuff! I recommend it to everyone! Thank-you Cantor Kenny!

Hanukkah Swings, Kenny Ellis
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