Rhoda Scott: The Hammond Organ Of Christmas


Sign in to view read count
Rhoda Scott: The Hammond Organ Of Christmas Hammond-heads have a new reason to hail the holidays this season: Rhoda Scott's The Hammond Organ Of Christmas , a collection of 17 classic yuletide tunes that combines French faire with African-American spirituals. Scott recorded most of the album in Paris in 1977 alongside drummer Bill Elliott. But two tracks feature Houston Person on tenor saxophone, Steve Phillips on drums and percussion, and Scott's deep, finely textured voice.

As a minister's daughter, Scott elicits a natural spirituality in her music. But instead of the traditional sound of the pipe organs heard in most churches, her Hammond gives these Christmas takes a funky edge. And though most of the disc was recorded over two decades ago, pop culture's nostalgia for bygone times increases the album's allure.

The song order reflects the progression of the season. Starting with light, spirited tunes like "Jingle Bells" and "The Little Drummer Boy," Scott leads into holiday preparations. Saks Fifth Avenue unveils its holiday windows, we hang the mistletoe...

A sense of quiet adoration develops as Scott moves into more spiritual songs. Each note of "Ave Maria" – the traditional African-American spiritual, and the John Jacob Niles version that comes later – heralds the Lord's birth, and honors his mother, with thick, long, organ tones. Envision glowing candles illuminating elaborate nativity scenes at midnight mass.

Finally, with the organ's heavy vibrato, drummer Bill Elliot's celebratory beat of the cymbals, and a ring of the bells, the day we've been waiting for has arrived, "C'est Noel." Time to party. The traditional Appalachian carol "I Wonder As I Wander" evokes strong images of individual amazement and personal glee. Scott alternates the reflective melody with bouncy, delighted chords. She sings on "Everytime I Feel The Spirit," joining her organ with Person's saxophone and Phillips' drums. The fun has definitely begun, and it's time to go for a stroll in a "Winter Wonderland."

Track Listing: 1. Jingle Bells (Pierpont) - 2:30 2. Petit Papa No

Personnel: Houston Person - tenor sax; Rhoda Scott - organ , vocals; Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra - percussion, drums; Steve Phillips - percussion, drums.

Title: The Hammond Organ Of Christmas | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Sunnyside Records


comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs CD/LP/Track Review Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 23, 2017
Read Float The Edge CD/LP/Track Review Float The Edge
by John Sharpe
Published: July 23, 2017
Read Resonance CD/LP/Track Review Resonance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: July 23, 2017
Read Black Focus CD/LP/Track Review Black Focus
by Rokas Kucinskas
Published: July 23, 2017
Read Birdhoused CD/LP/Track Review Birdhoused
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 22, 2017
Read "Purple Patio" CD/LP/Track Review Purple Patio
by John Sharpe
Published: October 1, 2016
Read "Neko" CD/LP/Track Review Neko
by Karl Ackermann
Published: June 2, 2017
Read "The Look Of Love: Songs Of The Sixties" CD/LP/Track Review The Look Of Love: Songs Of The Sixties
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: June 4, 2017
Read "A Secret Sigh" CD/LP/Track Review A Secret Sigh
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 21, 2016
Read "In Hollywood, 1971" CD/LP/Track Review In Hollywood, 1971
by Mark Sullivan
Published: October 18, 2016
Read "Piano Song" CD/LP/Track Review Piano Song
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 21, 2017

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.