Wah Wah 45s are bringing you three very special Christmas gifts this year. Songs that come straight from the heart, without any tongue in any cheek – this is pure seasonal joy.
First up, Scrimshire hooks up with our very own Stac, and long-time cohort Rob Hynd, to produce a stunning version of Rotary Connection’s “Christmas Love”. It’s Argo Cadet meets pure Motown magic and Scrimshire comes off like a latter day Charles Stepney with one of his finest works to date. Check also the impressive guitar work by band member Ben Thackray. A festive anthem is born.
Newcomers to the Wah Wah fold, The Annabel (Lee) Trio, bring us one of the most beautiful and classic Christmas treats in the shape of the Charlie Brown favourite “Christmas Time Is Here”. Annabel’s voice soars over this feel good holiday ballad, with Richard E’s sensitive guitar and the magnificent Jessica Lauren on keys and percussion adding to the spellbinding nature of this tune.
Finally, Wah Wah favourite Stac pops up once again covering James Brown’s “Merry Christmas Baby” and giving it a flavour all her own. With Scrimshire on guitar, Stac pulls off the Christmas blues with a rough yet soulfully sweet feel. The perfect finale to a bundle of Christmas bliss on Wah Wah 45s.
“I really like Merry Christmas baby… sounds like a classic!” Swell Session, Sweden
“Very nice, warm and classic sounding.” Nick Luscombe (Flow Motion, Resonance FM)
“Christmas Love – Scrimshire feat Stac & Rob Hynd…This is a must play for all you DJ-jazzheads & funky sledge riders out there and it’s a must play on the Christmas month of December every year from now on…
It’s a must play in order to capture that correct Christmas vibe…Beautiful tune!
Chrismas time is here – The Annabel (Lee) Trio…This tune will be joining the legendary figure of Santa the morning of 25th, for all you good people Santa might bring something nice to you…for all you out there that had a bad behaving this past year, sorry but there always a next year…Wow this tune is holy days lazy but nice!
Merry Christmas baby – Stac…The true spirit of the Christmas holydays is brought by the wonderful voice of Stac and the nice story in the lyrics…Very bluesy and so good!” Georgios Paroglou, Palov & Mishkin, Greece
“Really sweet idea! Fave is OG of ‘Christmas time is here’- will be played on the show on Thursday. All tracks will be aired on Radio Jazz Polska!” Phil Jones (Polish Jazz Radio)
“Lovely job!! Absolute belter of a vocal from Stac on Merry Christmas Baby!” Ross Wakefield, Part-Time Heroes
“The Xmas songs really rock! Like them all.” Snorre Seim (Butti 49, Norway)
“Nice! I really like the acoustic version of “Merry Christmas Baby” and it is wonderful to hear a quality remake version of classic Rotary Connection’s (and Charles Stepney’s arrangement) Christmas Love after 41 years. Of course it is impossible to beat Minnie’s vocals, but this version and singing is very good!” DJ Vesa (Wahoo! Finland)
“A nice present for Christmas by Wah Wah 45s, an original way to finish 2009 with good music. Scrimshire, Stac and The Annabel (Lee) Trio on a same EP is simply something beautiful.” Santiago Tadeo Cervera (www.acidjazzhispano.com, Spain)
“Brilliant stuff.” Rick Parry (Funkbeatsjazz, Australia)
“Very classy.” DJ Nelito
Radio play on Polish Jazz Radio& by DJ Kappa, Brighton