Hanukkah Swings!

Hanukkah Swings!

by Kenny Ellis

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Overview

The great swing revival of the late '90s introduced the mostly forgotten style to a new legion of fans, as well as reconnecting with others. And while a landslide of swing-themed releases flooded the marketplace, it's safe to say that there wasn't a single swing release to incorporate Jewish and Hanukkah themes into its sonic stew. Singer Kenny Ellis realized the void, and did something about it -- issuing Hanukkah Swings! in time for the holiday season of 2006. The Frank Sinatra-styled album opener, "Swingin' Dreidel," sounds comparable to the similarly styled theme song from The Osbournes TV show, while the Ellis original "Hanukkah Candles" treads on schmaltz territory. Elsewhere, the big-band sounds of "Sevivon Sov, Sov, Sov" is a highlight, and "Hanu-calypso" manages to successfully merge two styles that you wouldn't expect. If you're looking to liven up your next holiday gathering with some fun and unexpected sounds, Hanukkah Swings! may just be the hit of your party.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/16/2005
Label: Favored Nations
UPC: 0823475704026
catalogNumber: 7040

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Ellis   Primary Artist
Stu Goldberg   Percussion,Piano,Conductor,Keyboards,Vocals
Randall Aldcroft   Trombone
Cynthia Bass   Vocals
Brenda Lee Eager   Vocals
Maurice Grants   Cello
Mitch Holder   Guitar
Bill Liston   Flute,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
Ira Nepus   Trombone
Joel Peskin   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Kirk Smith   Bass
Roy Wiegand   Trumpet
Albie Berk   Drums
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Harvey R. Cohen   Conductor,Vocals
Ruth Bruegger   Violin
Razdan Kuyumjian   Violin
Ralph Morrison   Violin
Jon Lewis   Trumpet
Marcy Vaj   Violin

Technical Credits

Stu Goldberg   Engineer
Flory Jagoda   Composer
Neil Citron   Engineer
Harvey R. Cohen   Arranger,Producer
Traditional   Composer
Kenny Ellis   Composer

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