Set For the Season (Live in Japan)

Artist: Nicole Henry
Release Date: October 25, 2012

Backed by an astute trio comprised of Pete Wallace (piano), James McCoy (bass) and David Chiverton (drums, percussion), Henry harnesses the full range of her immense vocal gift on the enchanting disc of festive tunes. From The Sound of Music, My Favorite Things is presented as an intricately arranged groovy waltz. You can almost hear the peaceful sound of snow falling on the graceful Christmas Time Is Here. Starting out playfully, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer evolves from a children s standard into an infectiously toe-tapping, finger-popping swinger. Henry, who the New York Times compared to a young Natalie Cole, would likely earn the seal of approval from Nat King Cole for her sterling rendition of The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire). McCoy suavely duets with Henry on the cozy Baby, It s Cold Outside, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town takes the form of a New Orleans-seasoned march, and Henry s beatific voice delivers O Holy Night as a prayerful spiritual. I ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm is a swinging showstopper on which Henry & Company go for broke. Finally, while not a holiday tune, she closes the set with the bombastic boogie I d Rather Drink Muddy Water, a present for the ardent admirers that made it a fan favorite at her concerts.

 

 

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