Entertainment Weekly - 11/30/01, p.95
"...Good fun, but no messing around. On these 13 chestnuts, the accompaniment ranges from big band to piano trio to strings, with Wilson's familiar creamy voice spread on top..." - Rating: B+
Down Beat - 12/01, p.633.5 stars out of 5
- "...A variety of compelling settings surrounds the veteran singer..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 1/02, p.100
"...a chic no-compromise jazz set...still manages to be evocatively festive..."
Personnel includes: Nancy Wilson, New York Voices (vocals); James Moody (tenor saxophone); Damon Meader (saxophone); Jon Faddis, Claudio Roditi (trumpet); Slide Hampton (trombone); Herbie Mann, Ali Ryerson (flute); Jim Guerra (clarinet); Jim German (bass clarinet); Llew Matthews, Renee Rosnes, MOnty Alexander (piano); Marty Ashby (guitar); John B. Williams, John Lee,
Dwayne Dolphin (bass); Roy McCurdy, Duduka Da Fonseca, Roger Humphries (drums); Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band.
Personnel: Nancy Wilson (vocals); Jay Ashby (vocals, trombone, percussion); Lauren Kinhan, Peter Eldridge, Darmon Meader, Kim Nazarian (vocals); Marty Ashby (guitar); Claudia Mahave (violin); David Premo (cello); Frank Wess (flute, alto saxophone); James Moody (flute, tenor saxophone); Herbie Mann, Ali Ryerson (flute); Jimmy Heath (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Antonio Hart (alto saxophone); Gary Smulyan (baritone saxophone); Claudio Roditi, Greg Gisbert, Terell Stafford, Earl Gardner (trumpet); David Gibson , Slide Hampton (trombone); Douglas Purviance (bass trombone); Llew Matthews, Monty Alexander, Renee Rosnes (piano); John Lee (bass instrument); Dennis Mackrel, Duduka Da Fonseca, Roy McCurdy, Roger Humphries (drums); Jon Faddis (trumpet).
Audio Mixers: Jay Ashby; Jay Dudt.
Liner Note Author: Nancy Wilson.
Photographers: Robert Bowman; Charles Bush; Marty Ashby.
Arrangers: Jay Ashby; Doctor John Wilson; Marty Ashby; Slide Hampton; Darmon Meader.
On her 2001 Christmas album, beloved jazz/pop vocalist Nancy Wilson settles into a warm, dynamic set of Yuletide classics. Although in her mid 60s at the time of these sessions, Wilson is still in fine voice, whether she's swinging through a spry, big-band take on "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" or gliding over the delicate backing of "White Christmas," which features flute player Herbie Mann. In addition to Mann, Wilson gets support from jazz luminaries such as trombonist Slide Hampton and saxophonists James Moody and Jimmy Heath, making this a top-notch holiday outing.