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Christmas Jazz

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  • Audio CD (2 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The Gift of Music
  • ASIN: B001F6EDIS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,006 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

A selection of evergreens and old favourites from the world of jazz including Christmas hits from stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Frank Sinatra. From Winter wonderland to Zat you, Santa Claus , the wit, charm and musicianship of these great artists shines as brightly as ever!

Sophisticated? Yes! Sublime? Always! Sentimental? Occasionally but the music is none the worse for it! Christmas is the time for such moods, and these great musicians show themselves to be as touched by the season as anybody else! But the underlying core of this album is great jazz, of the traditional, old-fashioned type. So even when the arrangements are perhaps richer and fuller than the spare and angular musical textures of more modern jazz, the quality and the commitment to great music shines through again and again on these wonderful tracks.

Louis Armstrong s style is perhaps the most remarkable and personal of them all, and he probably pays the least attention to potential seasonal excess. His Christmas tracks are like all his music: witty, pacy and dynamic, but with a tremendous emotional content and that amazing voice to boot! The Squadronaires make music in traditional style, while the incomparable Dinah Washington brings an element of swing and a jazz groove even to a traditional Christmas carol.

Ella Fitzgerald is her usual cool, brilliant self in these tracks. Judy Garland s style seems even here to have that glossy, filmic overlay to it but the underlying musical impetus is pure jazz. Peggy Lee is old school, as are the remaining male vocalists on the album. Crosby and Cole were steeped in the jazz tradition, as was Billy Eckstine. Sinatra and Dean Martin could be crooners of course, but their rat pack personae always add a certain sharp edge to their music-making, and these tracks could be said to be some very fine jazz indeed! Perry Como s wonderland and Woody Herman s snow are both fine examples of these singers work: technically brilliant and full of personality.

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This is a refreshing collection of old-school Christmas recordings with one or two familiar favourites mixed with less known seasonal fair. Personally, I bought this as a welcome distraction from the all too familiar Christmas pop songs that will be played everywhere to the point of annoyance. Not that I don't like some of them, but I decided that this Christmas I would have a change of mood - at least in my home.

The big draw for me on deciding this particular collection were the recordings by "Satchmo" Louis Armstrong. "Zat You Santa Claus?" I have wanted for awhile now and I am pleased to have it here as indeed I am "Cool Yule, Christmas Night In Harlem, Christmas Time In New Orleans" and "I'm Dreaming Of A White Christmas." Count Basie and his Orchestra performs the lovely "Good Morning Blues." That takes care of the jazz aspect of this cd, but there is another change of mood and pace.

Familiarity shows on this disc with the wonderful "The Christmas Song" by Nat King Cole, and inclusions from perennial seasonal favourites such as Perry Como singing "Winter Wonderland", Judy Garland's "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", the underated "Christmas Blues" sung by Dean Martin and old blue eyes' "Christmas Dreaming."

Bing Crosby has three songs "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Here Comes Santa Claus" and "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer." The beautiful voice of Ella Fitzgerald can be heard on a duet with Louis Jordan "Baby It's Cold Outside" and on her own with "Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney." Woody Herman, Dinah Washington, Billy Eckstine, The Squadronaires and Peggy Lee also contribute to this very pleasant and eclectic disc. Just a thought but it has crossed my mind that it's a shame that Eartha Kitt's "Santa Baby" is not on the collection.
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Good listening but not actually pure jazz – also much of the music is repeated from other compilations we already have
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The music & variety is super! Love it! The recordings are of good quality & I have enjoyed every single tune!
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