Other highlights include a soulful take on John & Yoko's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" and a jaunty romp through the Bing Crosby classic "Mele Kalikimaki". "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is taken as a march while the "Hallelujah Chorus" flies a wee bit off the Handel (love the drums role as the chorus.) "Little Drummer Boy" has the feel of a Sonny Rollins hit (Lederer on soprano instead of tenor.)
Even if Holiday music is not your "bag", this CD is the one gift that keeps on giving. Indulge yourself and then give your friends this most joyous treat. For more information, go to www.palmetto-jazz.com.
Now, for a little treat - here's the title track from the new CD by Henry Threadgill Zooid (courtesy of IODA Promonet and Pi Recordings.) Enjoy!