Herb Alpert & Jeff Lorber: Winter Wonderland
Jazz to the World (Blue Note CDP 72438 32127 2 9)
DeWayne Smith (bass), Harvey Mason (drums/percussion).
Composed by Felix Bernard and Richard Smith.
Recorded: Santa Monica, CA, 1994
Rating: 89/100 (learn more)
This is one groove-laden version of "Winter Wonderland." It is the opening cut from the Christmas all-star compilation Jazz to the World. DeWayne Smith's throbbing funk bass prominently introduces the cool swing of this head-bobbing performance. He and drummer Mason maintain a steady rhythm. The fusion keyboarder Jeff Lorber plays holiday-seasoned chords and fills in some space with ornamental accents. Herb Alpert sounds like Miles Davis on this cut! In fact, at times he sounds like Miles from his Tribute to Jack Johnson fusion days! I am not kidding. It is quite a surprising treat. It has almost become a tradition in my house that this is the first song heard in our Christmas rotation every year.
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky