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!

  3. Thanks for this one. Much better than my old cassette.

  4. Any chance you could repost this? If so, I’d greatly appreciate it. Thanks in advance!

  5. What Tim said, could you repost?

  6. Did I miss the window? Says I need a premium FF acct…

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