Fleet fingered Mike Pachelli treats 14 Holiday classics ....well ...like Les Paul or Django would! Joined by a very supportive ensemble Pachelli will tickle your funny bone and tug on your heartstrings with this toe tapping treat!
1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
2. White Christmas
3. Frosty The Snowman
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
5. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
7. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
8. I'll Be Home For Christmas
9. Silver Bells
10. Winter Wonderland
11. The Christmas Song
12. Joy To The World
14. Silent Night
REVIEW from MINOR 7th
Mike Pachelli, "A Jazzy Guitar Christmas," Solid Air Records 2011
Looking for something a little different to spice up your holiday listening? Mike Pachelli’s "A Jazzy Guitar
Christmas" just might be your cup of eggnog. Pachelli takes 14 standard Christmas tunes, and then often turns
them in a not so standard direction, revealing some formidable jazz chops throughout the disc. He has been
playing a long time with multiple records to his credit, and that experience shows on every cut in style and
substance. Pachelli comes out swingin’ on "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" backed by a funky B3. Several songs
take the journey across the Atlantic and back in time to channel Django Reinhardt, like "Frosty the Snowman,"
who most listeners might not recognize at breakneck tempo. "Winter Wonderland" also gets the Hot Club treatment,
and Pachelli can pick it. And then "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" flies off in a hurry to deliver Santa’s sleigh.
We’re also up-tempo on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" with a mix of jazz, rock and even Spanish style. There
is the silly "I Saw Mommy Kissin’ Santa Claus" done as a believable tango. Pachelli can also slow it down just
as well, rendering a lovely version of "The Christmas Song", just him and his guitar, with lush chords and
dazzling arpeggios. It’s a tender moment in a mostly hot record. Pachelli finishes the CD with a couple acoustic
versions of the traditional "Greensleeves" and "Silent Night." If Mike Pachelli set out to deliver an unexpected
Christmas gift with "A Jazzy Guitar Christmas," then he’s delivered the goods.
VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE review
Not the usual solo or duo setting Solid Air fans have come to expect, Pachelli is accompanied by (or doubles on ) keyboards, bass, mandolin on 14 yuletide favorites, ranging from carols like "Joy To The World" to more contemporary fare such as "Frosty The Snowman". The title is more confining than Pachelli's wide-angle approach- which embraces classical and folk, both reverently and whimsically.