Is there room on your shelf (or your iPod) for another album of Yuletide songs?
It’s worth making room, if you are a fan of the ultra-cool ensemble vocal jazz purveyed by the seven-member Seattle aggregation Groove for Thought. The group releases its new holiday CD “Songs of Good Cheer” this week, and they’ll celebrate on Dec. 5 with a 7:30 p.m. concert at Kirkland Performance Center.
Groove for Thought, you may recall, made it into the finals of TV’s acapella “Sing Off” competition. They like to put their own spin on familiar tunes in distinctive vocal arrangements, so their version of “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” on “Songs of Good Cheer” has a reggae feel, “Christmas Time is Here” really swings and “Carol of the Bells” recalls The Swingle Singers’ jazz baroque settings. They have instrumental backing here, but the texture of blended voices is still the main event.
The album is available on amazon.com, iTunes and at www.grooveforthought.com.