"A cast of top-notch musicians….Fresh new arrangements….A great jazz vibe… Bett's vocals are simply beautiful, Joel Dilley's soft accompaniment on guitar is perfect, and the lyrics excel....WINTER LULLABY fits as the soundtrack for a serene winter evening, lights dim, where one can enjoy the stillness and tranquility of the night.”–Aaron Henton, merryandbright.blogspot.com
In her fourth eclectic album, singer/songwriter Bett Butler mixes originals with beloved holiday standards in multiple languages, many with her own English translations.
Her bouncy bossa nova “Are You Alone for Christmas Day” recalls Astrid Gilberto and Stan Getz, with an elegant sax solo by Rene Saenz; and Coltrane meets Clooney (Rosemary, not George) in “No Place Like Home for Christmas,” also featuring Saenz. “Pat-a-Pan” veers firmly into Klezmer territory, and Butler’s four-octave range becomes a boys’ choir on “Gesu Bambino.” “O Holy Night” and “Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” blend classical and jazz in intimate, lively chamber ensembles.
Producer/arranger Joël Dilley sets the album’s title song “Winter Lullaby” in the kind of ethereal and rhythmic landscape familiar to fans of his Mandala Meditation Series, lushly underpinning the chorus: “Even angels have to sleep sometime, but they’re never far away.” Peace on Earth. Joy to the World.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:
"Thank you for one of the most beautiful Christmas albums I have ever heard." ~ Judi E.
"Really LOVE it! Thank you, Bett and Joel!" ~ Cassandra W.
"Beautiful!" ~ Dianne B.
"Wonderful unique music!" ~ Carl S.
"The new CD is SO beautiful! Filled with wonder and childlike joy." ~ Tom O.
"I. AM. BLOWN. AWAY. This is a fabulous album. I'm ordering 6 copies for friends." ~ Janis H.
"Love it. Totally what I needed to hear." ~ Paulino R.
"This is a real stocking stuffer. Love it! Did you guys write 'Are You Alone for Christmas?' Wish I'd penned it. Great." ~ Ron Y. (songwriter)