Christmas '64

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Christmas '64
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Studio album by Jimmy Smith
Released 1964
Recorded April 20 & September 29, 1964
Van Gelder Studio, Englewwod Cliffs, NJ
Genre Jazz, Christmas
Length 48:51
Label Verve
Producer Creed Taylor
Jimmy Smith chronology
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
(1964)
Christmas '64
(1964)
Monster
(1965)
Alternative cover / title
1966 LP re-issue as Christmas Cookin'

Christmas '64 is a 1964 studio album by the American jazz organist Jimmy Smith. Smith's only album of Christmas music, it was reissued as Christmas Cookin' in 1966.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

A review on AllMusic said that "Compared to most Christmas albums, this is plenty groovy, with lots of Smith's trademark dexterity and bop runs on offer."[1] An AllMusic review of the reissued Christmas Cookin', by Scott Yanow said that "...even if nothing all that unusual occurs, the performances can serve as high-quality background music during the Christmas season".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Traditional) – 4:19
  2. "Jingle Bells" (James Pierpont) – 3:15
  3. "We Three Kings of Orient Are" (John Henry Hopkins, Jr.) – 3:45
  4. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé, Bob Wells) – 4:32
  5. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 2:51
  6. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 5:26
  7. "Silent Night" (Franz Gruber, Josef Mohr) – 4:04
  8. "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" – 6:11

On 1992 CD re-issue only:

  1. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Frank Loesser) – 6:00
  2. "Greensleeves" (Traditional) – 8:53

Personnel[edit]

Performance
Production
  • Hollis King - art direction
  • Sherniece Smith - art producer
  • Creed Taylor - producer
  • Acy Lehman - cover design
  • Val Valentin - director of engineering
  • Rudy Van Gelder - engineer
  • Ken Druker - executive producer
  • Bob Irwin - mastering
  • Jayme Pieruzzi
  • Kazumi Matsumoto - package design
  • Bryan Koniarz - producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Christmas '64". Allmusic. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Christmas Cookin'". Allmusic. Retrieved March 23, 2015.