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Lou Rawls Christmas [Bonus Track]
     

Lou Rawls Christmas [Bonus Track]

by Lou Rawls
 
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

Overview

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. [The album was reissued in 2006 by Time/Life with a different cover and a spoken word bonus track added.]

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
Label:
Time Life Records
UPC:
0610583190120
catalogNumber:
19257

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lou Rawls   Primary Artist,Vocals
Lanny Cordola   Guitar
Jock Ellis   Trombone
Tim Landers   Bass
Dave Walker   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Scott Strecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Ryan Rehm   Guitar
Tor Hyams   Piano,Hammond Organ,Vibes,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Mark Adam Watkins   Piano
Scott Strecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Erik Leckrone   Percussion
Gregg Bisonnette   Bells
Paul Navidad   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Chante Carmel   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lou Rawls   Composer,Author
Mel Tormé   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Joseph Beal   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
James Boothe   Composer
Isaac Watts   Composer
John Morthland   Liner Notes
Lowell Mason   Composer
Charles Wesley   Composer
Jeff Colella   Composer
Frederick Oakeley   Composer
John Francis Wade   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lynne O'Connor   Editorial Research
Tor Hyams   Producer,Executive Producer,Author,Audio Production
James Pierpont   Composer

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