This album was recorded in the summer of 1960, with a studio orchestra arranged and conducted by Frank DeVol.
The album is a charming, warmly humorous – and yes, swinging – set of classic Christmas tunes. The program is familiar, from bouncy singalongs like ‘Jingle Bells‘ to slinky ballads like a downright sexy ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas‘, but Fitzgerald treats each song with exactly as much respect as it deserves. And so Frank Loesser’s ‘What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve‘ is wistfully romantic and Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne’s ‘Let It Snow‘ is kittenishly enticing. As always, Norman Granz’s production avoids the schlock that drowns some other holiday sets.
This is about as good as any jazz Christmas albums is likely to get.
Hell, I might even have myself an extra Ferrero Rocher.