This Christmas—My Favorite Things
Margaret is a fine young vocalist who took some time off to launch her family and is now pursuing her career in Chicago.
The arrangements were done by heavyweights Dick Reynolds, Frank Mantooth and Danny Embrey. There is great creativity with many new ideas for the well-known holiday tunes. Winter Wonderland is taken as a bossa nova with some delightful modern re-harmonizations; Deck the Halls is heated with some fresh salsa; and, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen has a very cool bluesy straight-ahead approach. Other highlights include the sax and flute work of Kim Park and Steve Eisen; solid piano from 'Tooth and Reynolds; and, the string section—yes real, not synthesized, strings! All of this is presented in a seamless recording engineered and mixed by Freddie Breitberg. Overall this is a compelling album, Margaret Carlson’s nice phrasing and beautiful intonation will add more joy to your holiday season for many years to come.—M.V.
Available through Blue Moon Music, online at www.margaretcarlson.com or write PO Box 186, Batavia, IL 60510 or call (630) 584-9142.