17 Dec At Christmas – James Taylor
Yes, I’m old. I remember James Taylor when Sweet Baby James came out way back when. I had a lot (if not most) of JT vinyl back in the day and remember well when an LP was just four bucks. Not only has he not lost his voice, but he continues to produce and sell recordings and perform to sold out audiences around the world. Over the course of his career, he has sold over 40 million albums and won more than 40 gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards as well as five GRAMMY® Awards.
Produced by jazz musician and arranger Dave Grusin, At Christmas also features Natalie Cole, Chris Botti, John Pizzarelli and Mr. Grusin as collaborators. The arrangements are laid back, tasteful and fun. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – a duet with Natalie Cole – is a great rendition right up there with Louis Armstrong and Velma Middleton or Ray Charles & Betty Carter. Not a “serious” album in any way, At Christmas is JT at his best serving the music well but being all JT at the same time.