Le Trio Monterey
Noel de Danse
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1 Féerie De Noël (Winter Wonderland)
2 Sainte Nuit (Silent Night)
3 J’ai Vu Maman Embrasser Le Père Noël (I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus)
4 Noël Blanc (White Christmas)
5 Vive Le Vent (Jingle Bells)
1 Le P’tit Renne Au Nez Rouge (Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer)
2 Chanson De Noël (The Christmas Song)
3 Triste Noël (Blue Christmas)
4 Cloches D’argent (Silver Bells)
5 Rock Des Joyeux Carillons (Jingle Bell Rock)
(Track Info: Discogs)
About the Album
It really is a challenge to find lost Christmas music gems. In theory there is a limited amount of Christmas music that has been released since the dawn of recording technology and it would be easy to assume that the cream of the crop has already risen to the top. One would think that all the good Christmas music is already well know. And that would be wrong.
This year alone I have discovered a number of fantastic Christmas albums that have somehow managed to go unnoticed all the years I’ve been collecting. And this is one.
How did I find it? Well, I decided to search Spotify for the titles of specific Christmas songs and go through the search results to see if there are versions unknown to me. Today I took this technique to another level and decided to search…in French! And looky what I found!
This is some delicious French Canadian lounge jazz, very reminiscent of some of my favorite Christmas albums; A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas by The Three Suns, and Christmas Candy by Eddie Dunstedter. The trio consists of organ, sax and drums/percussion from what I can tell. The cover you see here does’t lie–it’s a good mix of cha-cha, rumba, and rock. This
There really isn’t much info to be found about Le Trio Monterey. I saw their second album as coming out in 1966, so I take this to be around there or a little later. Discogs only has a mono release listed, but the tracks on Spotify seem to be in stereo (and the French names of some tracks and cover art are different).
I’m not sure what the sound source for the Spotify tracks is. But it doesn’t sound like a needle drop as I can’t hear any vinyl noise. I saw that there was a 1993 cassette release, so this may have come from that or whatever master they used. It sounds pretty clear. Listen for yourself.
You can purchase the album for download via Amazon or Google Play.
I was really excited to find this and I hope you enjoy it. Let me know in the comment what you think.