Kermit Ruffins – Have A Crazy Cool Christmas! - 2009 Christmas Jazz Vocal - Red Vinyl - Sealed LP
Kermit Ruffins – Have A Crazy Cool Christmas!
Label: Basin Street Records – BSR 0109-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Red Translucent
Track variation (order & contents) between CD and LP.
Style: Post Bop, Swing
A1 Silent Night
A2 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
A3 What Will Santa Say When He Finds Everybody Swinging
A4 O Christmas Tree
A5 A Saints Christmas
A6 Let It Snow, Let Is Snow, Let It Snow
B1 Christmas Time Is Here
B2 Silver Bells
B3 Little Drummer Boy
B4 Crazy Cool Christmas
B5 This Christmas
"Kermit Ruffins’ role as the Bard of Good Times in New Orleans has led him into some musically dubious spots, places where clichés rule. Have a Crazy Cool Christmas suits him beautifully because it lets his personality dominate, and his exuberant sense of fun carries the day. You can hear his smile when he sings, “Santa Claus is swingin’ to town,” and when he sneaks the pick-up to “They All Asked for You” into “O Tannenbaum.” Throughout, the band swings with authority—a given on Ruffins’ albums—even at a breakneck pace on his version of Louis Prima’s “What Will Santa Say (When He Finds Everybody Swinging?).”
In a stroke of prescience, Ruffins wrote a new Christmas song, “A Saints Christmas.” Like many of his originals, the song’s success depends on the goodwill of his audience; those who love the sentiment will excuse some easy lines, and those who don’t, won’t. Fortunately for Ruffins, his songs comes out during the Saints’ best start ever, far stronger than it was in 2004 when Greg Barnhill and New Birth Brass Band cut “All I Want for Christmas is the Saints to Win.” The offhanded vibe that comes through on Ruffins’ album is part of his charm. There are points, though, where that borders on slack. The album includes a version of Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” with Rebirth Brass Band, and they move the song to the street parade vibe beautifully, remaking an intimate track as a public celebration. Fortunately, the version only includes one verse and chorus, so the moment passes, but it’s a sour note—literally—near the end of an album that in most ways is a fine addition to any Christmas collection."