About this CD
I give you the gift of music: a Christmas full of wonderful new up-beat Christmas hits in the making. Premiéres of new songs. New life for a couple of old gems. A new look at the wonderful White Christmas. Songs by new friends. Songs for the 90s.
My stocking overflows with the creativity of each and every one of these truly great musicians. And the star at the top of the tree, Mike Renzi.
"Our First Christmas" together. That delightful opening song, delectable arrangements, delicious piano and a living doll! He's a girl singer's dream come true, direct from Santa Claus!
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Arrangements by Mike Renzi
Mike Renzi on Piano and Synthesizer
Steve La Spina on Bass (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 8, 10)
Jay Leonhart on Bass (tracks: 2, 6, 7, 9)
Terry Clarke on Drums
Jay Berliner on Guitar (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)
PRODUCED BY TED STORY
RECORDED AT SOUND ON SOUND STUDIOS, NEW YORK CITY
OCTOBER, 1992 & JULY, 1993
RECORDED AND MIXED BY CHUCK CAVANAUGH
ILLUSTRATION: ROBERT W. RICHARDS
COVER DESIGN: ERIK KOHLER
Well-known singer, Cynthia Crane, "VIVACIOUS, EXCITING CHANTEUSE (VARIETY), " and accompanist-to-the-stars, Mike Renzi, features 11 brand-new, nearly new or nearly forgotten upbeat pop/jazz Christmas hits-in-the-making, arranged and back up by Renzi and a group of the best musicians in the business.
From the happy title song, "Our First Christmas, " through the swinging "Once A Year Miracle" and "Little Jack Frost," the lush boss-novas "The Best Christmas "and
"Christmas Is An Island, " the beautifully lyrical
"A Song For Christmas" and "Christmas Morning" to the deliciously comic "If I Hear Another Song About Christmas," this album cries out for radio play during the coming Christmas season in the traditional pop Christmas market starved for good new songs.
"YOUR CHRISTMAS 'GOODY' NOT ONLY SOUNDS WONDERFUL, IT IS STUNNINGLY PACKAGED."
Michael Kerker ASCAP
"CABARET FAVORITE, CYNTHIA CRANE, HAS A PERFECTLY CHARMING CHRISTMAS RELEASE."
Martin Schaeffer BACKSTAGE
"OUR CHRISTMAS SHOWS WERE ALREAY DONE WHEN I RECEIVED CRANE'S CHRISTMAS RECORD. THE RECORD WAS SO GREAT I HAD TO ADD IT TO THE NATIONAL ROTATION.
THE RECEPTION WAS OVERWHELMING. I EAGERLY AWAIT HER NEXT RELEASE."
Joe LaCina Satellite Music Network (200+ stations)
"TASTY MATERIAL. A VERY CLASSY SINGER. THE CHRISTMAS RECORD WAS A SMASH."
Gil Ellis WGSM, New York
"HAVING THESE SONGS TO PROGRAM HAS PUT A VERY FRESH SLANT ON WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN ANOTHER REDUNDANT HOLIDAY SEASON. KEEP ME ABREAST OF YOUR DOINGS."
George Evans CKUT, Montréal, Canada
"EXCELLENT TASTE IN SELECTING MATERIAL."
Mike Rapchak WGN, Chicago, Illinois
"HAD FUN WITH THE CHRISTMAS RECORD. . . REALLY GOOD RECORD."
Jeff Holtz WIUM, Macomb, Illinois
"GREAT RECEPTION FOR SOME EXCELLENT NEW MUSIC."
Robert G. Dyer WKNK, Frankenmuth, MI