Michael Tinholme, the critically acclaimed jazz singer that’s been everywhere, just released a Christmas album, called It’s Christmas Time in the City, on November 14th…just in time for the holiday season. Tinholme’s latest work features some legends including Bruce Fowler on trombone, Mike Miller on guitar, Bill Cunliffe on piano, and Gary Novak on drums. Needless to say, all of the musicians on this album have been around the block a couple of times.
The lead single of It’s Christmas Time in the City is the holiday classic “Silver Bells,” but the album also features other classics like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Happy Christmas (War Is Over),” and “O Holy Night.” Michael Tinholme puts his own spin on each of these classics featured and it is undeniably worth the listen. Looking specifically at “Silver Bells,” Michael Tinholme’s rendition is much more jazzy than most other versions, especially shown in its orchestration and the trumpet and guitar solos. Tinholme’s easily recognizable and velvety smooth voice pairs very so incredibly well with this classic. This rendition can easily become a classic in households.
Along with his own renditions of holiday classics, Michael Tinholme also includes two original Christmas songs, “When Christmas Fall on New York the Whole World Knows It’s Christmas Time” and “Maybe Next Year.” “Maybe Next Year” discusses growth and kindness in this hopeful take on the new year. “When Christmas Fall on New York the Whole World Knows It’s Christmas Time” expresses the magic and Christmas festivities of New York City in December that helps listeners from around the world get a sense of what it’s like to be in the Big Apple. Instead of listening to the same songs this holiday season, both of Tinholme’s original songs bring about a nice needed change of pace.
Be sure to check out It’s Christmas Time in the City this holiday season and don’t forget to follow Michael Tinholme on Facebook!
Words by Brendon Gardner