Willie G, vocals; Chris Burns, piano; Tim Landers, rhythm guitar; Johnny Nitro, guitar; Rusty Zinn, guitar on track 5; Willie Riser, bass; Lee Parvin, Hammond B3; Kelvin Dixon, drums; Carl Green, sax and horn arrangements; John Middleton, trumpet; Mike Rinta, trombone; and backup vocalists, Robert "Rico" Dodd, Wylie Trass, Ella Pennewell and Elizabeth "Sweet Liz" Warren.
This CD features some of the best blues musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area and Willie G is an underappreciated vocalist on the local scene. All the tunes were composed and arranged by Willie G. Although the concept is a Christmas theme, this is a pure blues outing.
Willie G is a soulful and sensuous vocalist. All of the seven cuts on this CD swing and the tunes are refreshingly unlike anything one expects from a Christmas offering! The orchestration is wonderful on every cut. If you can find this CD, buy it and get a good dose of the Christmas blues!
by Dorothy L. Hill
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