Simply Christmas

Simply Christmas

by Leslie Odom Jr.

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Overview

Simply Christmas is the first holiday album from show biz triple threat Leslie Odom, Jr. It appears just three months after the S-Curve release of his reworked solo debut, Leslie Odom, Jr., which in turn arrived a year after the TV actor, singer, and stage performer originated the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway smash Hamilton: An American Musical. Though fans of the chart-topping cast album certainly aren't excluded here, Simply Christmas should especially please admirers of his jazz-styled eponymous album, as he presents similarly elegant versions of seasonal favorites ranging from Schubert's "Ave Maria" to 2008's "Winter Song" by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. Arranged mainly for piano throughout, with bass, drums, acoustic guitar, and rare keyboards and trombone, it's got small dinner parties and nostalgic winter evenings in front of the fireplace in mind. He and his accompaniment manage to make moving renditions of overplayed tunes such as "The First Noel." They do so with restrained performances that showcase the singer's interpretive ability, which honors a consistently wistful tone over grandstanding. Even knowledgeable jazz audiences needn't wince at seeing "My Favorite Things" on the track list; Odom's refined take on the oft-covered show tune-turned-jazz standard features a piano solo by Tommy King that's the most vibrant moment in a rendition that simmers with longing. Later, a light touch by vocals, bass, and acoustic guitar makes for an equally poignant version of the Carpenters' "Merry Christmas Darling." On record saying that he made Simply Christmas after getting requests for a Christmas album "a few times a week," Odom may need to brace himself for ongoing harassment after this exquisite set.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2016
Label: S-Curve Records
UPC: 4050538244328
catalogNumber: 538244
Rank: 75335

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leslie Odom   Primary Artist
Mark McLean   Drums
Dezron Douglas   Upright Bass
Roy Dunlap   Keyboards
Orlando Le Fleming   Bass,Upright Bass
Tommy King   Piano
Annastasia Victory   Piano
John Davis   Drums
Steven Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Matthew Bumgardner   Trombone
Senfaub Stoney   Percussion

Technical Credits

Rob Howard   Cover Photo
Johnny Nice   Engineer
Alba Quezada   Dialect Coach
Yosimar Gomez   Engineer
Joseph Abate   Producer
Jordan Purvis   Engineer

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The Christmas Album 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a refreshing and beautiful blend of arrangements - I felt like I was hearing familiar songs for the first time!