Christmas is a difficult subject, musically, carols excepted. There are a lot of cheesey listening albums out there and apart from the truly great, like Nat King Cole, it is difficult to find something that is pleasant to listen to and gives a different treatment to the old chestnuts roasting on the turntable.
Steve Tyrell has provided the solution. With a voice that combines some of the gravel of Dr John with the swagger of Frank Sinatra (while sounding nothing like him) and some excellent big band and lazy blues arrangements by Bob Mann (who also plays a fine guitar) life has been breathed into the seasonal repertoire.
All the favourites are here, from "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" to "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?". With the aid of a white-hot backing band, and guest Clark Terry on trumpet he even makes "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" sound cool.
Many of today's pop, rock and jazz stars have attempted to make good Christmas albums recently and largely failed. This is truly the exception and deserves to be the only one in your CD player's stocking.