Stacey Kent is a Jazz singer that I believe to be more popular and better known in Europe than her native US.
I haven’t explicitly mentioned her on this blog (she does feature on Jazz Loves Disney that I reviewed previously). I quite like her, but these days I’m not listening to a lot of vocal jazz any more, with only few exceptions.
That said, she has done quite a lot of recordings you should definitely check out.
Including this one, if you start to be in the mood for more Christmas music.
Christmas In The Rockies (EP, Candid Productions 2020)
Don’t be scared off by the extremely cheesy cover (OMG; these fonts, the colours), this is actually a quite enjoyable performance of Christmas standards.
Note that this is only an EP, you get a total of four tracks.
You start with a very nice, if rather straightforward Sleigh Ride, going through the always beautiful Christmas Time Is Here, a really nice version of Winter Wonderland, and to wrap it all up, my favorite, The Christmas Song (see below)
Normally, I’d always recommend you buy albums, as on streaming revenues no regular artist can reasonably survive (particularly in Covid times when the live revenues are mostly gone).
However, my recommendation would be rather that you buy one of Kent’s other albums instead (check out Breakfast On The Morning Train for example), and add this album to your Spotify or Qobuz Christmas streaming playlist, as I find it a tad expensive for 4 tracks only.
Nevertheless, a solid recommendation for the next 4 weeks!
My rating: 4 stars
You can find it here (Qobuz)