The Following is a review of 'Holiday Jam' by Carol Swanson on ChristmasReviews.com: Holiday Jam is a bouncy and bright holiday offering. Jazz saxman Alan Darcy leads the charge with a fine ensemble bringing fresh interpretations to seasonal favorites and offering up a Darcy original, too. For the most part, these are smooth instrumentals with a lively edge; on two tracks, Darcy lends his own hip vocals (This Christmas and the original One More Christmas Song) with backing vocal support. For the bulk of the disc, though, Darcy wisely let's his saxophone do the talking, and the conversation is smokin' good. The jazz styles vary from song to song, and the diversity lifts the entire presentation. I particularly enjoyed the New Orleans vibe to Silver Bells; the rhythms had me bouncing and beaming like an idiot. Interestingly, Darcy includes an easy listening/smooth jazz interpretation of Elton John's Can You Feel the Love Tonight (including some light harmonies by Leah and Kim Franca), and this immediately brought to mind (for me, anyway) 'The Lion King,' not Christmas, although the song's sentiment certainly has a lovely fit with the holidays. The old-style, bluesy Auld Lang Syne closes the album with just the right edge. Nicely done, Alan Darcy & company. Your Holiday Jam makes me want to break out some freshly baked bread for a deliciously jazzy midnight snack. Bon appetit! --Carol Swanson (Reviewed in 2007) From the liner notes: Musicians: Alan Darcy: Lead & Harmony Vocals/Alto, Tenor & Soprano Saxophones Kevin Wilder: Keyboards, Piano Dave Rudolph: Drums Anne Van Atta: Upright and Electric Bass Paul Buzine: Acoustic and Electric Guitars Gil 'El Nino' Garcia: Percussion Nick Pages: Guitar on 'Auld Lang Syne' Leah Clark, Kim Franca, Sandi Moody, Nick Pages: Harmony Vocals Produced, Engineered, Mixed and Mastered by: Dominick Pages From the Website: Alan started singing soon after his first breath. He took up the saxophone and flute a little later and explosive music has been happening ever since. Inspired by many great jazz artists and pop singer/songwriters, his vision and passion for music is reflected in his eclectic and exciting performances, compositions, and recordings. His saxophone speaks to the hearts of his listeners and his melodies elicit the full spectrum of emotions from intense elation to soothing smooth calmness. Alan's style of jazz inspires the soul and leaves you wanting more! For more than a decade, Alan has performed numerous concerts on television and radio. He has also entertained as a solo artist as well as with his band, at hundreds of events and venues around the country including the famous 'Birdland' in NYC and the Historic Tampa Theater.
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