December 2005

Jimmy Sommers
A Holiday Wish
Gemini Records

Sommers looks like he could be a stand-in for Brendan Fraser (he's done some acting on the side), dresses like Chris Botti (who makes an appearance on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") and sounds like a more straightforward version of David Sanborn. Fortunately Sommers didn't let the engineer put a bunch of delay on his horn, thus maintaining a nice bluesy tone, but the contemporary-jazz versions of the usual songs ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Greensleeves," "Silent Night") seem destined for background listening at your local men's clothing store.

Originally published in December 2005
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