Maaaaaan, I was so hoping David Ian would repeat last year's delicious Vintage Christmas (here), and, mm-mm-mmmmm!, he has. Reprising that trademark cool, calm, collected piano work of his, a style imbued with its own lyricisms, Ian's recruited the breathy-sexy-dreamy Acacia, boppy Torme-ish Andre Miguel Mayo, and minxy Tal (Acacia's sister) for vocal work on 3 of the 5 cuts of this EP. Exhibiting a knack for incorporating classic strains of the Andrews Sisters with Disney with Nat King Cole with Guaraldi/Brubeck, Ian once more defies his origins in…yep! heavy metal (in the Superchick group, where he was kind of a wildman, jumping off the Marshals and stuff like that). Wonderland is once more a 180-degree turnaround from that erstwhile raucous milieu, just like last year's dreamy issuance.
You'd think, in fact, that the guy was born listening to Frankie, Mel, Bing, Nat, and the too-smooth-for-words crew, not Slayer, Megadeth, and Cannibal Corpse! Pretty damned amazing. Yet here he is, and this is what he does. His is music to sip wine to, engage in pleasant conversation while it runs in the background, bask in the warmth of an evening hearth, all the comfortable homey things that bring smiles to faces, yours and others…but with a mellow hip fingersnap and shuffling bop-step. Wonderland, however, is much too short on its own, only 5 cuts, so I suggest you grab last year's disc as well (click on that link above, that's what it's for!), and play the two back to back. More than once.
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