Christmas In 3D
The powerhouse trio of Jackie Warren, Amy Shook and Sherrie Maricle, i.e. 3D Jazz Trio, bring us 10 very heartfelt and exquisitely fleshed out holiday songs here, where their motto of ‘Fiercely swinging on purpose, with purpose’ is certainly enforced and executed with plenty of variety.
The trio start the album with a playful rendition of “Winter Wonderland” that will be sure to get your body moving as Warren’s piano skills shine bright in the groove filled environment, and “Up On The Housetop” follows with Maricle’s drum prowess providing an ideal backbone to the soulful atmosphere that embraces a calypso arrangement.
Near the middle, “O Christmas” offers a busy display of sublime synergy between the esteemed musicians, while “Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas)” illustrates Shook’s fiddle acrobatics in the timeless bluesy, country album highlight. “I Wonder As I Wander”, another exceptional track, then swings with a lively pulse that tips it hat to Brazilian flavor and Jobim, specifically.
Two of the most well known Christmas songs finish the listen, as the ladies pull of a spirited, gospel version of “Silent Night”, where Shook’s acoustic bass adds much to the landscape, and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” exits the listen percussive strong amid a firm opening that leads into a superbly swinging finish.
Even though all these traditional songs are presented here without vocals, you’re likely to not even notice as the trio mesmerize us with their innovative interpretations and agile interplay that helps make this a flawless Christmas album.