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“If you’re in the mood for light holiday songs delivered by a jazz vocalist in the style of Sinatra, this is your CD. Swinglab is the trio back Curtis, with Ray Mabalet on piano. Swing Machine is an 18-piece big band which supports Curtis on many of the dozen tracks. There are some unexpected tunes here, such as “Our Time of Year,” “Good This Year,” and the hilarious “Blue Friday,” which is about a guy dragged along to his partner’s foray into the maddening crowds of a Black Friday department store sale. Five of the tunes are originals from Curtis. The arrangements are great and Curtis’ delivery is straight ahead and not too overdone.”

“If you like Buble/Frank Sinatra-styled jazzpop crooners, this is the 2012 holiday gift to you. Packs clever originals like the reluctant shopper's lament "Blue Friday" plus apt standards we don't usually associate with the season - "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To."”

“Adding five of his own recently written originals to the canon of holiday fare, two Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn usual suspects ("The Christmas Waltz" and "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"), Jason Paul Curtis swings into winter with aplomb. He's got a trio called Swinglab and two tracks with Swing Machine, a large-group ensemble. In his CD debut, Jason unabashedly tips his hat to the neo-crooner retro rompers, and tosses in a couple of Cole Porter standards. His originals take on the sounds and sights and meteorology of the season, and romance and relationships, including reluctance about shopping ("Blue Friday"). The stance is decidedly male hipster with a gal and confidence firmly in place. The approach is the oxymoronic brash intimacy that brings forth breathy, close-mic phrasing and moments of buoyancy and bravado. A worthy musketeer of the many in this vein, he wears the mantle better than some, due to an enthusiasm and industriousness.”

“If you prefer your Christmas music a bit more mainstream, but think we need a few new Christmas songs, Lovers Holiday” may be for you. In fact, the true Christmas songs are largely Curtis compositions: “Our Time of Year,“ “Lovers Holiday,” “Good This Year.” Some of the standards on the album — “Let it Snow,” Cole Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” and “I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm” are “winter” tunes but not truly Christmas songs. But they work. Sometimes the sound is jazz quartet — Swinglab. Other times it is big band backing a singer – Swing Machine. Think Doc Severinson. It is always upbeat. It may remind you of your parents’ Christmas parties if you are over 40. Definitely if you are over 50. Great fun. ”

“Christmas albums either go one of two directions; either celebrating the Reason for the Season, or just celebrating the season of snow, mistletoe and “Ho, Ho, Ho.” Vocalist Jason Paul Curtis chooses the latter direction with some standards that celebrate the coziness of wintertime, as well as a handful of his own well crafted compositions focus on the romantic part of the end of the year. A couple of the tunes have the Rat Packing vocalist backed by a romping big band which rollicks through his own “Our Time of Year” and a funky take of “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm.” The rest of the tunes have him alongside Ray Mabalot/p, John Dalman/b and Woody Hume/dr who deliver very hip takes of “Let it Snow” and a Latinized “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” as well as a Basie-d feel on originals “Blue Friday” and a When Lights are Lowish influenced “Good This Year.” If you want to celebrate Christmas in a Vegas lounge, this is your session. ”

“Jason Paul Curtis is a smooth vocalist with a supple delivery in a variety of settings from intimate to lively. His formidable band known as “Swinglab” includes John Dahlman (bass), Woody Hume (drums), Ray Mabalot (piano). The top-notch stage band called the “Swing Machine” brings out both inspired and inspiring expression featuring trumpets (Chris Walker, Paul Murtha, Mike Barber, Geoff Peterson, Laura Peterson), saxophones (Ricky Parrell, Pete BarenBregge, Andrew Snapp, Dave Schiff, Fred Koch), trombones (Doug Elliot, Rick Lillard, Jerry O’Sullivan, Jeff Bonk), bass (Dallas Smith), piano (Wade Beach), guitar (Charlie Thomas), and drums (Jeff Johnson). Lovers Holiday features originals, holiday classics, less oft-heard fare, and even a few favorites written by Cole Porter or Irving Berlin.”

“Washington D.C.-based crooner Jason Paul Curtis came to a realization, during a series of holiday shows in 2011, that the same old Christmas songs wouldn't cut it if he wanted to keep things interesting for his listeners. Curtis found balance by mixing in some season-appropriate standards and, as soon as the holiday season had departed, he started writing some new holiday songs to use in 2012 and beyond. Curtis visits all three musical arenas on Lovers Holiday. He tackles holiday classics like "The Christmas Waltz" and Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown-associated "Christmas Time Is Here," season-appropriate standards, like "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" and "Let It Snow," and originals tailor-made for the occasion. The best of the bunch prove to be "Winter Wind" and the title track, which has a Michael Bublé-esque charm to it...s”

“JASON PAUL CURTIS/Lovers Holiday: In which we find the deconstruction of the record business continues to return music to being as regional thing. We don't know anything about swinging vocalist Curtis or his two swinging aggregations, Swinglab and Swing Machine, but the whole kitnkaboodle seem to be a big deal in the DC area, and it sounds like rightly so. This set, with some original Christmas songs came about because he needed new material for his holiday gigs in National Harbor. Curtis is no jive ass Sinatra wannabe. He sounds content to follow in the footsteps of pre-Love Boat Jack Jones, back when he could still bag Jill St. John. It swings baby and their ain't a drop on manqué on this cat so give it a spin to add some hep to your holiday. Well done.”