Tonic Vintage Vocals

It Ain't Over 'Til the Fat Man Swings

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Tonic, a likable swing-based vocal quartet, performs Christmas songs on this CD. What is unusual is that about half the material was freshly written (usually by Steve and Karen Multer), including such fine numbers as "At Christmas Time," "Darn That Sock," and the rollicking title cut. Also new are some of the stanzas of Fats Waller's "The Joint Is Jumpin'," which is transformed into a Christmas-flavored number. There are occasional spots for the horns and vocal solos, but it is the highly appealing sound of the vocal ensembles and the cheerful material that should make this a Yuletide favorite.

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