Tuesday, December 11, 2012
December 11: Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith - Christmas Cookin'
As past selections have shown, I'm a fan of quite a few jazz Christmas albums. Having heard the same songs done a million times with very little variation, I find myself drawn to albums that shed new light on those songs. A fresh take, as it were. As a general rule, jazz - good jazz, at least - offers a fresh take on standard songs.
This is one of those albums. I love Jimmy Smith's organ style, and it comes through here. He pairs with a big band on a number of the tracks, but this album is at its best when Smith's organ is in the foreground. This is a solid album, and it's perfect for this time of year.
One of my favorite tracks on here is his rendition of "Jingle Bells", but, unfortunately, I couldn't find a clip on YouTube.
"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"