himself, Merry Christmas from Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Orchestra is a brassy, stylish, and shamelessly enjoyable album. Severinsen
never takes risks -- the swaggering arrangements will be familiar to anyone who watched Johnny Carson
's Tonight Show, and all the songs are staples -- but he's made an entertaining album. He's not alone on this one either -- the L.A. Children's Chorus, the Philharmonic Strings
, and the Desert Bells
help out on individual tracks. When all is said and done, there might not be much unexpected here, but it's all quite fun.