Matt Goss & The Tom Pontz Trio - Merry Christmas Audio Samples Available

Merry Christmas by Matt Goss & The Tom Pontz Trio

Cross Rhythms Rating: 7/10
CD: Album
Tags: Christmas, CD, Jazz, Album
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Christmas songs given a jazz makeover by an American ensemble.

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  1. 1. Winter Wonderland
  2. 2. Silent Night
  3. 3. The Christmas Song
  4. 4. Joy To The World
  5. 5. White Christmas
  6. 6. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
  7. 7. Angels We Have Heard On High
  8. 8. Christmas Time Is Here
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Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan

Pennsylvania-based singer Matt Goss, aided by a proficient jazz trio, take eight familiar Christmas carols and give them a makeover. People's reaction to this CD will depend on how much they like their Christmas classics jazzed up. Goss has a particularly good voice and the Tom Pontz Trio deliver a cool piano, bass and drums accompaniment that never overwhelms the vocals while the solos show their talents to good effect without being flashy or self indulgent. They even get an instrumental - "Christmas Time Is Here". Some of the yuletide evergreens lend themselves to a jazz arrangement better than others with "Winter Wonderland", "Joy To The World" and "White Christmas" being particularly enjoyable. I don't like too much experimenting with "Silent Night", so that would probably be my least favourite track, and I'm not sure "Angels We Have Heard On High" works that well, though the piano work is excellent. My favourite track is "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" which starts beautifully, and conventionally, with vocals and piano, before getting into the jazz groove.

Style: Jazz
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 123194
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Provident 884501359542
Items: 1
Release Date: 2010

Christmas songs given a jazz makeover by an American ensemble.

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