Kenny Burrell – Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas (1966)

Kenny Burrell – Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas
1966 Cadet Records LPS 779
This Reissue 2003 Verve Records / Cadet – EU Pressing

A warm little record to shepherd you through the cold days of Yuletide and the malaise of piped-in holiday music.  It’s a statistical fact that most Christmas albums are crap.  They also have historically made up a mindbogglingly large proportion of record sales throughout the history of recorded music.  So, apply your analogy of choice – 100 monkeys with typewriters, stopped clocks that are right twice a day — and you are bound to get some good ones hidden among the dregs.  This Cadet soul-jazz offering from Kenny Burrell is one of those.


The Little Drummer Boy 3:32
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 3:22
My Favorite Things 3:25
Away In A Manger 3:00
Mary’s Little Boy Chile 2:25
White Christmas 3:07
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 3:50
The Christmas Song 3:00
Go Where I Send Thee 3:06
Silent Night 2:38
Twelve Days Of Christmas 2:11
Merry Christmas Baby 3:21



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  1. Thank you for selecting a Christmas album I can enjoy without feeling irritated.
    I also liked The Three Suns album you posted last Christmas. It’s not quite as relaxed as this.

  2. Christmas music is a guilty pleasure and this is a really good one that everyone should have at their disposal during the holidays. Very glad to upgrade my lossy version. Thank you Dr. V!

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