Season is vocalist Natasha Miller's first album of holiday music.
Recorded live at Yoshi's in Oakland, CA, with additional studio tracks, it
features both Christmas “standards,” as well as non-holiday-specific songs that
fit “the season.” Natasha says, “I wanted to pull together a fun, unique, and
beautifully arranged collection of songs for people to enjoy, not only during
the holidays, but before and after them, too.”
The album takes off in a New Orleans
groove with White Christmas, driven
by the funky, fun musings of trombonist Adam Theis and drummer Jeff Marrs.
Next comes a bluesy/swinging medley of Let it Snow, Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman, cleverly compiled by pianist/arranger
A solo gospel-piano intro by Josh Nelson
opens I'll Be Home for Christmas,
and the song finishes with a relaxed-vibe vocal performance.
Latin-jazz guitarist Steve Erquiaga
joins Natasha for the smooth-soul presentation of Little Drummer Boy.
Yourself a Merry Little Christmas swings hard, and features extended
solos from saxophonist Rob Roth and bassist John Shifflett.
Christmas Song, Natasha's warm, understated vocal floats over a sweet
Bright and swinging, Santa Claus is Coming to Town is
playful and cheery enough to chase away the Christmas blues.
The album also includes songs that
convey the mood and spirit of the holidays. As the Years Come and Go, penned by Bobby Sharp, best known for his
song, Unchain My Heart, made famous
by Ray Charles and features Natasha's lovely vocals and her stellar violin
Next is Natasha's signature haunting,
reflective arrangement of My Favorite
From West Side Story, One Hand One Heart is delicately
introduced with a solo acoustic- guitar of Somewhere, quietly unifying the
similar moods and themes of both compositions.
Next is an expert arrangement of Amazing Grace/Twinkle Twinkle Little
Star/Silent Night by Josh Nelson and features Sheldon Brown on soprano sax.
The recording ends with Natasha's
father, Martin Miller, making his debut appearance with a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas, over a
smart, improvised musical background by pianist Josh Nelson and drummer Tim
From the Bay Area, Miller has released
several albums including the critically acclaimed Don't Move and I Had A
Feelin', featuring the music of legendary songwriter Bobby Sharp.