National Jazz Trio of Scotland - The National Jazz Trio of Scotland’s Christmas Album
Forget Bowie and Bing. As winter warmers go, Bill Wells’ reinvention of 12 festive favourites featuring vocalists Lorna Gilfedder (Golden Grrrls), Kate Sugden (Johnny and the Entries), Aby Vulliamy (The One Ensemble) and Gerard Black (François and the Atlas Mountains) is an exquisite slowed-down treat.
With each of the singers offering more reflective and at times mournful renderings of normally celebratory singalongs, from Sugden’s opening take on ‘Oh Xmas Tree’, through to the finale of ‘We Three Kings’, more depth is given to each song that belie any notions of Nouvelle Vague style kitsch. Wells’ textured keyboard arrangements lend even more weight to a collection that puts meaning back into a season where comfort matters as much as joy.