Michael Fremer Rated 8/11 Music, 9/11 Sonics!
Pianist Duke Pearson recorded his Christmas album in 1969 with Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums, as well as percussionist Airto Moreira on several tracks. The only Christmas album recorded during Blue Note's classic era, the set includes holiday favorites including "Sleigh Ride," "Jingle Bells," "Silent Night," and more.
This Blue Note Classic Vinyl Edition is all-analog, mastered by Kevin Gray from the original master tapes, and pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal.
"The record swings with great sophistication, the small combo plays nimbly and the sound is demo quality. It's a great listen in the foreground and would do well in the background at an adult party. This one gets near the front of my Christmas album favorites. A&R Studios? 1969? You know the sound is great. And the good cheer permeates the arrangements and playing even if most of it was recorded on a sweltering August New York City day. Quick in and out, yes, but they nailed it!"
- Blue Note Classic Vinyl Reissue Series
- 180g Vinyl LP
- All-Analog Pressing
- Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from original analog tapes
- Manufactured at Optimal in Germany
|Duke Pearson||piano, celeste|
- Sleigh Ride
- Little Drummer Boy
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- Jingle Bells
- Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
- Go Tell It On The Mountain
- Wassail Song
- Silent Night
- O Little Town Of Bethlehem