On the 8th Day of Christmas...
This is the second installment of Christmas goodies for your stocking. I hope you enjoyed the Where Will You Be Christmas Day album that was posted yesterday. I decided to give you a double dose of Christmas goodness today. Blue Yule, which was released by Rhino Records in 1991, is an essential compilation of Blues greats such as Lightnin' Hopkins, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker and Big Jack Johnson belting out their Christmas favorites. Blue Yule is one of my favorite Cd's to spin during the Christmas season. It is the Christmas sound spiked with raw, soulful performances from some of the greatest artists in Blues. If you like a little bit more whiskey in your eggnog, then you'll love Blue Yule. Please go here or to your local record store and pick up a copy of this CD.
The second part of this post is dedicated to "The Incredible Jimmy Smith" and his astonishing Hammond B3 organ playing. Jimmy Smith first released Christmas Cookin' on Verve Records in 1964 on LP. It wasn't until 1992 that this record was reissued by Verve on CD, so those who missed out the first time around could witness the stunning artistry of Jimmy Smith.
Christmas Cookin' is an appropriate title for this record, because once Jimmy gets cookin' there's no stopping him. His amazing Hammond B3 organ solos take each song into another dimension that will delight your ears and captivate your senses. If you like what you hear, please go here to purchase this CD. Enjoy!