Monday, December 23, 2013

Some Christmas Groove

Apologies, readers, for the slowdown in posts. The holiday season has set me back a bit, but in the words of "Christmas Blues" writer Sammy Cahn "I've done my window shopping / there's not a store I've missed." With that completed, more posts will be forthcoming.

In the meantime, if you're looking for some Christmas groove to get you through the season and Vince Guaraldi's Charlie Brown Christmas, while always great, feels just a bit too familiar, then look no further than Jimmy Smith's Christmas Cookin'.

Jimmy Smith was one of the all time great organ players, recording a host of albums for Blue Note in the 50s and 60s and he kept on performing his whole life. He was asked by Quincy Jones to play for Michael Jackson when they set down Bad.

Who might need a little more B-3 organ playing while celebrating Christmas? Everybody. Don't miss "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (both versions), a swinging rendition of "We Three Kings (Of Orient Are), and "Jingle Bells."

Merry Christmas to all from The Union Marches.

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