Roomful Of Blues: Sugar Ray Norcia (vocals); Chris Vachon (guitar); Rich Lataille (alto & tenor saxophones); Doug James (baritone saxophone); Bob Enos (trumpet); Carl Querfurth (trombone); Matt McCabe (piano); Ken "Doc" Grace (bass); John Rossi (drums).
Recorded at Normandy Sound Studios, Warren, Rhode Island.
Personnel: Sugar Ray Norcia (vocals); Chris Vachon (guitar); Rich Lataille (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Doug James (baritone saxophone); Bob Enos (trumpet); Carl Querfurth (trombone); Matt McCabe (piano); John Rossi (drums).
This Christmas platter adds another page to Roomful's voluminous releases for Rounder's Varrick and Bullseye Blues imprints. Their only holiday album is a unique collection of some of the greatest R&B Christmas tunes of all time, including Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run," Fats Domino's "I Told Santa Claus" and Lloyd Glenn's "Christmas Celebration." Roomful also puts their distinctive touch on classics by Mel Torme ("The Christmas Song"), Nat King Cole ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"), Jesse Belvin ("I Want You With Me Christmas"), Lowell Fulson ("I Want to Spend Christmas With You") and swinging takes on "Let It Snow," the perennial "White Christmas" (done up New Orleans style) and a holiday slant to Count Basie's "Good Morning Blues." ~ Cub Koda
Vibe (12/97-1/98, p.178) - "...ROOMFUL OF CHRISTMAS is hotter than glass tree lights on a drying pine."