Personnel: Jimmy Smith (organ); Jimmy Smith ; Danny Stiles, Joe Wilder (trumpet); Joe Newman Quartet , Joe Newman (flugelhorn); Donald Corrado, Morris Secon, James Buffington, Earl Chapin, Jim Buffington (French horn); Chauncey Welsch (trombone); Tommy Mitchell, Paul Faulise (bass trombone); Art Davis (double bass); Kenny Burrell, Quentin Warren (guitar); Margaret Ross (harp); Ernie Royal (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Harvey Phillips (tuba); Grady Tate, Billy Hart (drums); George Devens (percussion).
Recording information: Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (04/20/1964/09/29/1964).
Arrangers: Jimmy Smith ; Al Cohn; Billy Byers.
The master of the Hammond B-3 tickles the keys in full holiday mode on CHRISTMAS '64. While not nearly as gritty as BACK AT THE CHICKEN SHACK or THE SERMON, this seasonal platter finds Jimmy Smith lending his swirling, steamy organ sound to renditions of, among other favorites, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." Compared to most Christmas albums, this is plenty groovy, with lots of Smith's trademark dexterity and bop runs on offer.