Eight Track Christmas
||Strikezone Records 8819
||June 2019 in Paramus, NJ/USA
01: This Christmas
03: God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman
04: Happy Xmas
05: Soulful Frosty
06: Christmas Time Is Here
07: Sleigh Ride
08: Blue Christmas
09: We Three Kings
10: O Tannenbaum
Dave Stryker's Eight Track series of recordings has been straight-ahead jazz
comfort food of a high level. Here, guitarist Stryker is joined by vibraphonist
Stefon Harris, organist Jared Gold, and drummer McClenty Hunter. On one track
of this 10-track CD of Christmas favorites, Steve Nelson replaces Harris on the
closing track "O Tannenbaum.".
Like the previous albums, the performances are delightful renditions of familiar
songs that are performed with spirit, humor, and imagination. Harris' at times
shimmering vibes complements Strykers, fleet lean lines and solo note runs with
Gold providing a greasy organ foundation and Hunter pushing the song along crisply.
The performances are both melodic and inventive, and the interplay is marvelous.
© by Rob Weinstock