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Lou Rawls Christmas [Bonus Track]

  • 1. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
    2. Jingle Bell Rock
    3. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
    4. Christmas Song, The
    5. Joy to the World
    6. Winter Wonderland
    7. Deck the Halls
    8. Jingle Bells
    9. Oh Come All Ye Faithful
    10. Silent Night
    11. Christmas Is the Time
    12. Auld Lang Syne
    13. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
    14. Lou Rawls' Christmas Story
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19257

  • Credits
    ProducerTor Hyams; Tor Hyams

    Personnel: Lou Rawls (vocals); Lou Rawls; Ryan Rehm, Ryan Rehm (guitar); Paul Navidad (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Scott Strecker, Scott Strecker (trumpet, flugelhorn); Tor Hyams (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, Hammond b-3 organ, vibraphone); Mark Adam Watkins (piano); Tim Landers (bass instrument); Gregg Bisonnette (drum, bells); Erik Leckrone (percussion); Chante Carmel (background vocals); Lanny Cordola (guitar); Dave Walker (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Jock Ellis (trombone).
    Liner Note Author: John Morthland.
    Authors: Lou Rawls; Tor Hyams.
    This was the last album recorded by Lou Rawls, who had just received word that he had cancer when these 2004 sessions were held, and that knowledge lends a bit of extra poignancy to some of these tracks, particularly the powerful version of "Silent Night" Rawls turns in here. No stranger to holiday albums (he released Merry Christmas Ho! Ho! Ho! in 1965 and Christmas Is the Time in 1993 and compilations combining the two show up nearly every year), Rawls stuck closer to jazz this time out, and it's nice to hear some of these holiday classics done up in a 21st century swing style, and Rawls' smooth, elegant baritone is always a welcome listen. The opener, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" swings powerfully, and the aforementioned "Silent Night" is a show stopper, but the most intriguing track is a lightly funky and bluesy version of "Jingle Bells," which features an inspired piano arrangement from Mark Adam Watkins. Rawls loved singing holiday music, and it shows here. If he knew that this would be his last album (and he probably did), that knowledge still couldn't take the joy and hope out of his voice. ~ Steve Leggett

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