Veteran OTE’ers know that the holiday season doesn’t start around here until Lou Rawls says so. And here he goes, with the funky little drummer boy followed by the most swingin’ merry little X-mas you ever experienced.
Check out the evocative chromonica (souped-up harmonica) on the opening of Drummer Boy.
Then, on Merry Little X-mas, note how at 1:53 he breaks it down from big band into a small group with the vibes in the background. The “blue note” that the vibes player sits on starting at 2:17 absolutely slays me every holiday season.
Let the joy begin!