December 21, 2006

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Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Holiday Time
Woodstock Records, 2006

Ah, our old Miller-guzzling blues buddies from up in Woodstock, NY, sneaking one last Christmas album in at the wire. Been too long since their last release, but the urgency here is that some proceeds will go to Albany’s Child Cancer Program, so unless our, uh, dearly beloved Truffle is doing the same for one of our local charities, this is a most benevolent way of getting yourself some Village Voice-approved blues decked in boughs of holly and blah blah blah. The scary part is that most of this is original material, but the good part is that it’s, you know, good, if New Orleans-style blues is your bag. The zydeco lines of “Holiday Time Is Here” are outfitted with a kid’s choir affecting a crew of pint-sized Billy Prestons, and that leads into a Frosty The Snowman that takes great pains to avoid “Jingle All the Way” disease by keeping the tempo at a moderate boogie-woogie and clearly projecting a bunch of class acts in a silly mood doing a one-take. B

— Eric W. Saeger