Ramsey Lewis: Here Comes Santa Claus


Here Comes Santa Claus


Ramsey Lewis (piano)


Verve Presents: The Very Best of Christmas Jazz (Verve 514 549 067-2)

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Ramsey Lewis (piano),

Eldee Young (bass), Red Holt (drums)


Composed by Oakley Haldeman & Gene Autry


Recorded: Chicago, October 1961


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Nine ladies dancing, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer figured, meant one for him and one apiece for the other reindeer. Boogying to Ramsey Lewis's cover of singer/songwriter Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus," however, seemed like a stretch. But when someone handed Rudy a copy of Mr. Autry's Cowboy Commandments (1930s), which included telling the truth, keeping your word, respecting women, children, elders and animals, helping those in need, working hard, obeying the law and (get this!) disavowing racial and religious intolerance, Rudy was impressed. As for Ramsey, this track cultivates the same funky soil that yielded his mid-'60s pop hits. Look at those reindeer dance!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz


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