Gifts of the Season
by Karla Ash
Susan House is one of the few jazz musicians from the Pacific Northwest who are actually making an impact nationally. Her new album, Gifts of the Season, is tied with a distribution deal in the Philippines, wherein she already has a couple of FM radio hits from it already. One of them is probably “Silent Night,” a duet with Filipino singer Norm Santarin. In a remarkably inventive move, “Silent Night” combines verses sung in both English and Tagalog, which is the native language of the Philippines.
The rest of the album is straightforward piano jazz but House’s sultry voice makes these aging nuggets crackle with new-found energy and charm. I especially love her sweeping version of “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!”, which is the perfect soundtrack for these parts at the moment.
More on Susan House: www.cdbaby.com/cd/susanhouse4.