The Ramsey Lewis Trio – More Sounds of Christmas (1964) (Cadet LP745, 1966)

 

The Ramsey Lewis Trio
More Sounds Of Christmas
Original release 1964 on Argo LPS-745
1966 Cadet Records LPS-745

Genre:Jazz
Style:Soul-Jazz

A1 Snowbound 3:37
A2 The Twelve Days Of Christmas 2:43
A3 Egg Nog 3:28
A4 Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer 2:30
A5 Jingle Bells 2:33
B1 Plum Puddin 2:58
B2 Snowfall 2:08
B3 We Three Kings 4:01
B4 White Christmas 4:22
B5 Little Drummer Boy 2:26

Recorded At – Universal Recording Studio
Manufactured By – Chess Producing Corp.
Mastered At – Columbia Recording Studios, Chicago

 

Arranged By – King Fleming, Will Jackson
Bass – Cleveland Eaton (tracks: A5), Eldee Young (tracks: A1, A2, A3, A4, B1, B2, B3, B4,B5)
Cello – Eldee Young (tracks: A5)
Drums – Red Holt (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B5), Steve McCall (tracks: A3, A5, B1, B3, B4)
Harp – Peter Eagle (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B5)
Piano – Ramsey Lewis
Strings – Abe Meltzer (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B5), Albert Muenzer (tracks: A1, A2, A4,B2, B5), David Chausow (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B5), Everett Zlatoff-Mirsky (tracks: A1, A2,A4, B2, B5), Harold Kupper (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B5), Harold Newton (tracks: A1, A2, A4,B2, B5), Henry Ferber (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B5), Irving Kaplan (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2,B5), Mark Konrad (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B5), Sol A. Bobrov* (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B5),Theodore Ratzer (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B5)
Trombone – John Avant (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B2, B5)

Design – Jerry Griffith
Engineer – Bob Kidder
Supervised By – Esmond Edwards
Liner Notes – Louise D. Stone

Notes
Recorded at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois, on 10/14/64 and 10/15/64.


So this post is a little like that gift in the bottom of your stocking that you didn’t notice until five or six days after Christmas.  In truth, I had this in the works, but didn’t have time to wrap it up for you.  It’s a cute little set of music that is a sequel to a better-known album of holiday tunes recorded a few years earlier by the Ramsey Lewis Trio.  Unlike that entry, this one has never been reissued on CD to my knowledge.  What’s cool about it is not only manages to genuinely swing on the tired old chestnuts, it also gifts us with a few original tunes by Lewis (Egg Nog) and Eldee Young (Plum Puddin’).  Ramsey plays the celeste on a portion of The Twelve Days of Christmas.  The only misstep is that there’s no drum solo on The Little Drummer Boy.  I’m going to start a conspiracy theory right here and now and state that this egregious omission was the motivation for the splintering of the original trio and the formation of Young-Holt Unlimited.  As seen in the personnel credits above, and the original liners below, Red Holt is absent from about half these tunes, with drum duties taken up by Steve McCall.  Cleveland Eaton, who would later replace Young, also appears on bass on Jingle Bells.  So I’m imagining a big argument over the lack of a drum solo on a nominal homage to drummers.  There, it’s now on the internet and hence must be true.  Also, it’s cute that their sweater supplier is credited on the back cover.

 


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  1. Happy New Year, Dr Vibes! Keep the good work going, tiling in the deep mines of great recordings of the past. Check out more great artists and their recordings on: subharmonia.blogspot.com

  2. Very cool to add this to the Christmas collection. Thank you Dr. Vibes!

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