Jimmy McGriff

Christmas With (COL 5747)

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Christmas With

Jimmy McGriff

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090431574720

CJC 43539

COL 5747

JAZZ

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Christmas With

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CD 11,56 €

This funky little holiday gem from 1964 was originally released on Sue Records and was actually Jimmy McGriff's highest charting album, rising to number 15 on the pop charts that year. Naturally his gritty Hammond B-3 playing is front and center here, given wonderful support by drummer Jimmie Smith, guitarist Larry Frazier, and Rudolph Johnson on soprano and tenor saxophone. The whole affair is surprisingly energetic and spunky, and tracks like the hard-charging "Christmas With McGriff," the sleigh bell-embedded "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," and the lively "Hip Santa" are all wonderful examples of upbeat soul jazz. Even the version of "Jingle Bells" that closes the set is funked up, riding a chugging rhythm and a bed of sleigh bells into the yuletide night. McGriff could have easily gone through the motions on this holiday session, and that he obviously didn't makes Christmas With Jimmy McGriff even more endearing. ~ Steve Leggett

PERSONNEL:

JIMMY McGRIFF, organ
RUDOLPH JOHNSON, tenor & alto sax
LARRY FRAZIER, guitar
WILLIE "SAINT" JENKINS, drums

New York, c. November 1963

TRACKS:

01. White Christmas
02. Christmas With McGriff
03. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
04. Hip Santa
05. Winter Wonderland
06. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
07. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
08. Jingle Bells