Ginny is a Barry Manilow fan. It rubs off.
I know, I know. Uncool as it’s supposed to be, I’ve liked Barry Manilow ever since 1984 when he recorded 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe with jazz greats like Jerry Mulligan, Sarah Vaughan and Shelly Manne.
He is backed by a simple, but excellent jazz (piano, bass and drums) trio on Barry Manilow In The Swing of Christmas, making this album sound unlike any of his others, including his other holiday CDs. Say what you will about him, but Barry Manilow knows exactly what he’s doing.
It’s become a sort of trend to include a song on a Christmas CD not usually considered a holiday tune, but in context becomes one. Barry Manilow In The Swing of Christmas has two. "Count Your Blessings" is a song I hadn’t heard in years. Then there’s a beautiful song with the great title, "Violets For Your Furs," based on an arrangement by Nelson Riddle, for my money the best arranger of all time.
With In The Swing of Christmas Barry Manilow joins the ranks of Tony Bennett and Michael McDonald in recording a holiday collection for Hallmark.