Thursday, December 06, 2007

"Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas"

Various Artists
Audio CD: FDO 1989-10-30
Label: Verve
"There's something for everyone on this wonderfully eclectic recording, which ranges from Oscar Peterson's almost lullaby-like piano on "A Child is Born" to Bill Evans's jazzy piano improvisations (overdubbed) on "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and Sister Rosetta Tharpe's "O, Little Town of Bethlehem," a full-out, hand-clapping, rocking and stomping Gospel song. Containing both vocals and instrumentals, with arrangements which vary from softly sweet to full-out wailing, this CD is full of delightful surprises to keep the Christmas repertoire fresh.
Three of the songs here feature Ella Fitzgerald. "The Secret of Christmas" and "White Christmas," both of which she sings "pure," are soft, slow ballads filled with sweetness, while "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," with its quick beat, provides a jazzy close-out for the album. Dinah Washington's "Ole Santa" and "Silent Night" take the opposite tack from Ella, as she sings with strength and verve--and absolutely no sweetness! Billie Holiday's "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm," not exactly a Christmas song, features solos by the great Benny Carter on clarinet and Sweets Edison on muted trumpet.
Roland Kirk's "We Free Kings," the most highly improvised song on the album, features Kirk on flute and wailing sax, accompanied by an insistent drumbeat. And my favorite--Jimmy Smith's "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" is the greatest version of this song I've ever heard, opening with jazz tuba and drums (and sounding like giants walking), then introducing trumpets and a wonderful Smith organ solo, which soars into the stratosphere. A terrific album for the jazz lover at Christmas time, this CD showcases some of the pioneers of American jazz.
Very nice CD. Multiple songs are very jazzy played, even in such way that I could not recognize them at first instance. Very good.Christmas with the jazz legends. A great compilation and perfect for your christmas celebration. Enjoy the classics! Enjoy!......
at 320.0 kb/sec!"

Track Listings
01. A Child Is Born - Oscar Peterson
02. Carol Of The Bells & Melodies For The Day & O Sanctissimo - The Swingle Singers
03. Jingle Bells - Jimmy Smith
04. The Secret Of Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald05. We Free Kings - Roland Kirk
06. Christmas Eve - Billy Eckstine
07. I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm - Billie Holiday
08. Ole Santa - Dinah Washington
09. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bill Evans
10. White Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald
11. O Little Town Of Bethlehem - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
12. The Christmas Song - Mel Torme
13. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Jimmy Smith
14. Silent Night - Dinah Washington
15. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - Ella Fitzgerald

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