JAZZ BLUES MAGAZINE
by Ron Weinstock
3D Jazz Trio Christmas in 3D
3D Jazz Trio
Christmas in 3D
Only a few months ago, this writer reviewed the 3D Jazz Trio’s “I Love To See You Smile,” a recording that certainly left listeners smiling. Now the trio of pianist Jackie Warren, bassist and fiddler Amy Shook, and drummer Sherrie Maricle return with a swinging dose of holiday cheer.
The strength of these recordings of songs that are mostly familiar are the arrangements and the vitality of the trio’s playing. “Winter Wonderland” is a sparkling performance with Warren’s improvisation going far beyond simple melodic embellishments. It is followed by a fabulous calypso treatment of “Up On The Housetop,” with an irresistible rhythmic pulse. This track and the Afro-Cuban arrangement of “O Christmas Tree” showcase Maricle’s infectious groove making. Amy Shook’s fiddle at the beginning of “Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)” opens the piece as a country hoedown stomp before the performance segues into a rollicking shuffle.
“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” begins as a duet between Shook and Maricle before Warren enters with a solo hinting at the familiar melody. Warren also dazzles on a sprite interpretation of “Greensleeves.” The trio’s love of Latin grooves is reflected In the Brazilian-spirited treatment of the folk hymn “I Wonder As I Wander,” while the trio provides a spirited rendition of “White Christmas.” “Silent Night” opens with Warren’s gospel-inspired piano before Shook and Maricle add a restrained backing. Shook adds a bowed solo set against Warren’s chords and Maricle’s deft use of brushes.
A delightful swinging treatment of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” closes this album. The joyful “Christmas in 3D” is not merely a terrific holiday album, but also an outstanding piano trio recording.