Simply put, three elegantly piano-driven Christmas tunes tonight.
“Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” the Ramsey Lewis Trio, from “Sound of Christmas,” 1961; re-released on CD, 2004.
JB says: “Lewis gives this jolly holiday song a bluesy twist, making it my favorite version.”
Our second cut was another of the tunes on a cassette tape I named “Willie’s Hot Christmas,” when I taped it off WORT-FM in Madison, Wisconsin, some 20 years ago. Circle back to Vol. 7 for more tunes from that tape. (And as I do a little more research on this album, I stumble across another of the unidentified tunes on that tape, one I’ve long been seeking!)
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” McCoy Tyner, 1967, from “Jingle Bell Jazz,” 1985. This CD combines two older Columbia albums, the original “Jingle Bell Jazz” and “God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen.”
Our third cut I found somewhere on the web earlier this year. Though I know of Tori Amos, I’m not at all familiar with her work. I like what she does with this Christmas classic, though.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Tori Amos, “Spark” EP or B side, 1998.
Enjoy. More to come.