Well, we wound up with only 8 inches of snow, but it still looks like a winter wonderland out there. Even if it meant shoveling twice in one day.
Yesterday, we served up three versions of “Winter Wonderland” with vocals. Today, we have three instrumental versions.
“Winter Wonderland,” Arthur Lyman, from “With A Christmas Vibe,” 1959.
Vibes, bass, piano and bongos rule the day. This is a laid-back bit of Hawai’ian lounge/exotica from the master, accompanied by Harold Chang, John Kramer and Allan Soares. This classic was re-released on CD in 1996, at the height of the lounge wave. Its original title was “Mele Kalikimaka.”
“Winter Wonderland,” Ramsey Lewis Trio, from “Sound of Christmas,” 1961.
Lewis’ sprightly jazz piano drives this version, complemented nicely and subtly by El Dee Young on bass and Red Holt on drums. This classic was re-released on CD in 2004.
“Winter Wonderland,” Reverend Horton Heat, from “We Three Kings,” 2005.
Some sweet roadhouse piano drives this version, though there is plenty of raved-up and rockin’ guitar work by Jim Heath. The liner notes don’t mention the keyboard player, though.