14 October 2008
| October 14, 2008 (2008-10-14)|
Tony Bennett, Count Basie, Count Basie Orchestra
Christmas music, Jazz, Vocal jazz
Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Tony Bennett albums, Vocal jazz albums
A Swingin' Christmas is a Christmas album by Tony Bennett, released in 2008, that features The Count Basie Big Band. Bennett's daughter Antonia Bennett also duets with him on one track.
The album was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 52nd Grammy Awards.
- "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Gannon, Kent, Ram) [2:12]
- "Silver Bells" (Evans, Livingston) [3:17]
- "All I Want for Christmas Is You (A Christmas Love Song)" (Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Johnny Mandel) [4:18]
- "My Favorite Things" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) [2:55]
- "Christmas Time Is Here" (Guaraldi, Mendelson) [3:59]
- "Winter Wonderland" (Bernard, Smith) [2:31]
- "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Blane, Martin) [4:36]
- "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (Coots, Gillespie) [2:53]
- "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" – with Antonia Bennett (Berlin) [3:31]
- "The Christmas Waltz" (Cahn, Styne) [3:22]
- "O Christmas Tree" (Traditional) [3:27]
Many retailers featured different variations:Target carried an edition featuring a bonus DVD with a documentary on the making of the album as well as a host of concert performances.
FYE carried an edition featuring a bonus DVD with a documentary on the making of the album as well as a special holiday-themed postcard reproducing Bennett's artwork.
Borders carried a special edition featuring ten of Bennett's holiday-themed artwork postcards.
Barnes & Noble carried a special edition featuring Bennett's take on "Christmas Auld Lang Syne" exclusive to the retailer. They also carried a deluxe version featuring a DVD as well as the exclusive track.
Bloomingdales carried a special edition featuring Bennett's take on "Jingle Bells", exclusive to the retailer.
Monty Alexander – Piano
Paul Langosch – Bass
Harold Jones – Drums
Gray Sargent – Guitar
Lee Musiker – Piano (tracks 7, 9 and 11)
John Williams, Baritone Saxophone
Doug Miller, Tenor Saxophone
Grant Langford, Alto Saxophone
Marshall McDonald, Alto Saxphone
Doug Lawrence, Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Banks, Trombone
Alvin Walker, Trombone
Dave Keim, Trombone
Barry Cooper, Trombone
William "Scotty" Barnhart, Trumpet
Michael Williams, Trumpet
Kris Johnson, Trumpet
James Zollar, Trumpet
Executive Producer: Danny Bennett
Producer: Phil Ramone
Music Director for Mr. Bennett: Lee Musiker
Recorded and Mixed by Dae Bennett
Production Manager and Contractor: Jill Dell'Abate
Production Coordinator: Vance Anderson
Live Sound: Tom Young with ACIR Pro Audio
Assistant Engineers: Alessandro Perrotta and Travis Stefl
Mastering: Bob Ludwig and Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME.
Art Direction and Design: John Cheuse
Cover Photography: Mark Seliger
To promote the release of the album Bennett granted numerous interviews, and made a number of television show performances, from the time of its release through the holiday season. This included a special free street performance outside of Bloomingdales department store at 4:30 p.m. on November 20 in New York City in which he performed three songs – "I'll Be Home For Christmas," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" and "Jingle Bells" – prior to the unveiling of the store's Christmas window displays. He also performed a special one-off concert at New York's famed Apollo Theater on December 16, billed as his only show in direct support of the release with The Count Basie Big Band.
After debuting at #159 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the album has thus far peaked at #28 in its sixth week on the chart. It also reached the zenith of the Billboard Top Jazz Albums in its seventh week on said chart.
1I'll Be Home for Christmas2:12A Swingin' Christmas (Featuring The Count Basie Big Band) Wikipedia
3All I Want for Christmas Is You4:19