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Album Review

For their set of Christmas related material, the Manhattan Transfer welcome such guests as trumpeter Jack Sheldon (on "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"), Tony Bennett ("The Christmas Song"), trumpeter Harry "Sweets" Edison and tenor saxophonist Pete Christlieb. With arrangements provided for the backing orchestra by Johnny Mandel on a few numbers, highlights of this disc include "Snowfall," a Santa medley and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." A pleasing set of jazz-influenced Christmas music.

Customer Reviews

An All-Time Favorite!

I have to say, this CD is one of my favorites. Some songs such as "Snowfall" are really relaxing. And songs like "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town / Santa Man (Medley)" and "Happy Holiday / The Holiday Season (Medley)" bring an upbeat, Jazz-like version. The whole album is worth buying, trust me. You won't regret buying this CD!

A Classic

This cd was released in 1992 and is the second and last studio album the Transfer cut for Sony. The vocals and Johnny Mandel arrangments shine. The arrangements aren't the high stepping tempos we've come to expect from the Transfer, not to say that style isn't at all present, tracks 3&7 are hard swingers. "The Christmas Song" is the second best rendition next to Nat King Cole's definitive 1961 reading and "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear" is chill inducing. Out of print for many years, I'm glad this classic is available, the closing track, a cover of the Beatle's "Goodnight," betrays the vintage of this cd due to the toys mentioned in the fade out by the children of the M.T. members.

Love it!

One of my most favorite Christmas treasures is this album.


Formed: 1969 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Riding a wave of nostalgia in the '70s, the Manhattan Transfer resurrected jazz trends from boogie-woogie to bop to vocalese in a slick, slightly commercial setting that balanced the group's close harmonies. Originally formed in 1969, the quartet recorded several albums of jazz standards as well as much material closer to R&B/pop. Still, they were easily the most popular jazz vocal group of their era, and the most talented of any since the heyday of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross during the early '60s....
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