Down Beat - 1/914 Stars
- Very Good ..."a lovely gold star at the top of the tree."
Personnel: Etta Jones (vocals); Houston Person (tenor saxophone); Johnny Coles (flugelhorn); George Devens (vibraphone); Stan Hope, Horace Ott (piano); Randy Johnston (guitar); Peter Martin Weiss, Wilbur Bascomb (bass);
Bertel Knox, Cecil Brooks III (drums); Sammy Figueroa (percussion).
Liner Note Author: Etta Jones.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Houston Person; Johnny Coles; Randy Johnston; Cecil Brooks III.
The fine vocalist Etta Jones sings nine mostly-familiar Christmas-related songs on this 1990 CD. She is accompanied by one of two groups: a sextet with tenor-saxophonist Houston Person, guitarist Randy Johnston and pianist Stan Hope or an octet with tenorman Bill Easley, flugelhornist Johnny Coles and keyboardist Horace Ott. Nothing all that memorable occurs on tunes such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "The Christmas Song," "Merry Christmas Baby" and "White Christmas" but the overall results are pleasing. ~ Scott Yanow