“Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses: The Greatest Christmas Bass Line Ever
In this episode of “From the Bottom,” we’re digging into one of the most unique holiday songs ever recorded, “Christmas Wrapping” by the Waitresses (1981).
We’ll get into how it blends vast musical styles and techniques, and breaking down what might be the best bass line played on a Christmas song. I’ll also introduce you to the incredible woman who played it – Tracy Wormworth – and tell you why you should be checking her out.
Be sure to check out our complete bass transcription of the tune as well.
Paul Thompson has been playing bass professionally for over 30 years, including recording and touring stints with trumpeter Maynard Ferguson and saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. Recent playing credits include Bob Reynolds, John Pizzarelli, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, and Bob James, among others. Currently, he can be seen playing in and around the Pittsburgh, PA area with the THOTH Trio, the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and many other musicians in the city's rich Jazz community. An educator of over 25 years, Paul currently teaches Jazz Bass at Duquesne University, West Virginia University, and his alma mater, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 Performing Arts School.