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Sunday, December 7, 2008

TONY BENNETT ~ A SWINGIN' CHRISTMAS!

TONY BENNETT ~ A SWINGIN' CHRISTMAS!

Tony is back with his first holiday album in 40 years since his 1968 release of Snowfall! A Swingin' Christmas featuring the Count Basie Big Band is available now on RPM/Columbia Records!

Tony Bennett: A Swingin' Christmas was recorded live on the stage of Bergen Pac in Englewood, NJ, keeping with Bennett's mandate to embrace the live aspect of performing in the recording process.

The Count Basie Orchestra joined Bennett for the sessions and jazz pianist Monty Alexander took on the role of Count Basie at piano. 2009 NEA Jazz Master recipient Toots Thielemans also makes a guest appearance on the recording.

There is a deluxe edition with a bonus DVD with a 24 minute "Making Of" special that is well worth the extra cost.

Target Stores have an exclusive version of the CD/DVD package with an additional 20 minute segment on the DVD called Live In Concert, featuring Tony in a new performance with the Count Basie Orchestra and pianist Monty Alexander of several complete tunes from the CD (My Favorite Things, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, O Christmas Tree, Winter Wonderland, and Silver Bells). However, the segment only contains partial or interrupted sections of the live performances.

The Johnny Mandel/Alan & Marilyn Bergman song All I Want For Christmas Is You on this CD was first released in 2004 on the Barnes & Noble exclusive version of Tony's CD THE ART OF ROMANCE under it's original title A Christmas Love Song (it was also recorded by Manhattan Transfer on their 1992 Christmas Album). All other tracks are new recordings with the Basie Orchestra.

To make things even more complicated, WalMart has two exclusive bonus tracks on thier cd only version ~ Let It Snow and The Christmas Song.

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