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Have Yourself A Jazzy Little Christmas

October 24, 1989 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 24, 1989
  • Release Date: October 24, 1989
  • Label: Verve Records
  • Copyright: (C) The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 48:44
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001NB1T2I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,392 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
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. Mary Whipple
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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. Mary Whipple
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave F on December 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This has been my #1 favorite jazz/blues Christmas CD for many years (and I've collected quite a few). Sorry to disagree with the last person but it is definitely not "smooth jazz". Roland Kirk never played a note of "smooth jazz" in his life. His "We Free Kings" is about the wildest rendition of a Christmas song that I've ever heard and I still can't sit still whenever I hear it. This one of those albums that you can hear through many times and find new pleasures every time. As others have said, it holds a wide variety and each recording is great in its own way. Merry Christmas to one and all!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sandy Bost on December 10, 1999
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A great eclectic mix of both vocal and instrumental jazz. Dinah Washington's voice makes for a strangely stirring "Silent Night," and Ella's "Secret of Christmas" might just be the most gorgeous Christmas recording ever.
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If you're into jazz, or if you're looking to add some needed variation to your Christmas collection, this CD will more than do the trick. This is the gold standard of Christmas Jazz. Many of the jazz giants of the past 60 years are here: Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Bill Evans, Roland Kirk, Mel Torme, Jimmy Smith, Billy Ekstine, The Swingle Singers, and more. Hey, this is Verve Records we're talking about, which had a corner on most of the Jazz giants of the 20th century. And the tunes? All the favorites: "White Christmas," "A Child is Born," "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," "Jingle Bells," "We Three Kings," "Silent Night" and more, performed with the unique individuality that exemplifies the very best in jazz. Have yourself a jazzy little Christmas, indeed!
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There's little I can say that hasn't been said by the other reviewers. I just wanted to add my recommendation for this CD. This has been a favorite of ours for years, and even now with non-stop Christmas music streaming from the cable company and on the radio we still play this CD. You won't hear these versions broadcast, but they're beautiful renditions. You can tell the artists put their hearts into the performances. Listen to the samples, buy the CD, and I'm sure it will be a staple in your home at Christmas, as it is in ours.
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