Artist Worth Checking Out: Vinnie Zummo doubles up on the holiday fun

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Born sometime in the mid 1970’s, Vinnie Zummo calls New York City home these days.  Not much information can be found about his past work, but the longtime guitarist has managed to add the titles of producer, writer, arranger, sound designer, accordion, & chromatic harmonica to his resume.

From the very first note on “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” to his own version of “Groovy Snow” on Track 10, the 2001 album is something to behold.

Eleven years later in 2012, he came back and did another holiday compilation album.  This time around, he covered traditional carols such as “We Three Kings” (Track 1) and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” (Track 5).

His wife Janice blends in her own sweet vocals on “White Christmas” (Track 2) and a very upbeat song on Track 8 called, “You’re The Greatest Gift For Me”.  Nice romantic track which includes former longtime Chicago White Sox organist extraordinaire Nancy Faust’s famous tagline of “Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na” mixed in for good measure.

But before I sing, “Hey Hey Good Bye” for the time being…other carols worth exploring on this second album include Track 9, “Joy To The World” and “Christmas Rendevous” (Track 11).

These are excellent albums to have on during your holiday dinners, just bubbly versions without too many vocals.  Janice however does get the last word (and plenty of jingle bells in the background) on “Christmas Groove”.  I will let you interpret that song if you want, but my next blog post will be on another cool holiday soundtrack done by Jack Jezzro and Friends–so look for that either on Thursday or Friday.


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