by George Harris
Vocalist June Bisantz delivers modern and original Christmas-themed songs, composed by Arnold Miller & Connie Pearce with a team of Jon Burr/b-leader, Mike Eckroth/p, James Chirillo/g, Marc Pianeuf/wwinds, Brandon Lee/tp and Alvester Garnett/dr. She has a Carmen McRae-styled delivery, sounding street savy with the horns on a bopping “The Merriest” and reclines with Planeuf’s flute on “Winters’ Got Spring Up It’s Sleeve”. She throws in a dash of “Angels We Have Heard On High” before digging in with Chirillo and Lee on “Hang Them On A Tree” and goes Monkish with Eckroth for “Sorry To See You Go”, assured and assuring on muted “Seven Shades of Snow”. New for Yule.