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Album Review

Jim Galloway (on soprano, tenor and baritone), veteran pianist Jay McShann (who takes the vocal on "Hootie's Christmas Baby"), bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Archie Alleyne team up to play some spirited Christmas jazz on this CD. Some of the treatments are a bit surprising, including a very somber opening "Silent Night"; a few of the tunes are obscure, particularly "Christmas Night In Harlem" and "Christmas In New Orleans," and the band easily swings through such tunes as "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Silver Bells." A fine, swing-oriented mainstream set.


Born: 28 July 1936 in Kilwinning, Scotland

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

An excellent swing soprano player with a lighter tone than Sidney Bechet, Jim Galloway has made many recordings with like-minded veterans. He played locally in Scotland on clarinet and alto before emigrating to Canada in 1965. He soon began specializing on soprano, led the Metro Stompers (1968), put together the Wee Big Band (1978), and hosted the weekly jazz radio program Toronto Alive! (1981-1987). Galloway, who has appeared at many jazz festivals and jazz parties, has recorded for Sackville,...
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