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Jingle Bell Jam: Jazz Christmas Classics

Jingle Bell JamAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 20, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033DO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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1. Sleigh Ride - Duke Pearson
2. Christmas Time Is Here (Instrumental) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
3. Winter Wonderful - Chet Baker Quartet
4. The Christmas Song - Carmen McRae
5. Deck The Halls - Bobby Timmons
6. Medley: Gloria In Excelsis Deo (Les Anges De ..... - The Swingle Singers
7. Jingle Bells - Duke Ellington
8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Lou Rawls
9. Carol Of The Bells - David Benoit
10. Good Morning Blues - Ella Fitzgerald
11. Merry Christmas Baby - Booker T. and The Mg's
12. Santa Claus, Santa Claus - Louis Jordan
13. White Christmas - Charlie Parker All-Stars
14. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus - Inner Voices
15. England's Carol #1 - The Modern Jazz Quartet
16. The Christmas Song - Dexter Gordan
17. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve - King Curtis
18. Auld Lang Syne - The Roy Kral-Jackie Cain Sextet

Editorial Reviews

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  1. Sleigh Ride - PEARSON, Duke
  2. Christmas Time Is Here (instr.) - VINCE GUARALDI TRIO
  3. Winter Wonderland - CHET BAKER QUARTET
  4. The Christmas Song - McRAE, Carmen
  5. Deck The Halls - TIMMONS, Bobby
  6. Medley: Gloria In Excelsis Deo (Les Anges De - SWINGLE SISTERS
  7. Nos Agnes)/Oh Christmas Tree (Der
  8. Tannenbaum)/Lovely Star How I Adore Thee
  9. (Bel Astre Que J'Adore)
  10. Jingle Bells - EDINGTON, Duke
  11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - RAWLS, Lou
  12. Carol Of The Bells - BENOIT, David
  13. Good Morning Blues - FITZGERALD, Ella
  14. Merry Christmas Baby - BOOKER T. & THE MG'S
  15. Santa Claus, Santa Claus - JORDAN, Louis
  16. White Christmas - CHARLIE PARKER ALL-STARS
  17. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus - VOICES, Inner
  18. England's Carol (#1) - MODERN JAZZ QUARTET
  19. The Christmas Song - GORDON, Dexter
  20. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve - CURTIS, King

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something a little different for Christmas. November 16, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Nat King Cole is terrific, but sometime around the middle of December, after IÕve heard his version of The Christmas Song for the 5 billionth time, I start to feel like I never want to hear another traditional carol crooned again, and thatÕs usually when I get out this album, and go straight to Carmen McRaeÕs sultry, bluesy version of the same song Ñ and suddenly that old chestnut (roasting on an open fire) sounds great again.
Not every song on this album is that great, by any means. The standouts, for me, besides McRaeÕs track, are Duke EllingtonÕs amazingly inventive Jingle Bells, Ella FitzgeraldÕs earthy Good Morning Blues, and the Modern Jazz QuartetÕs lovely EnglandÕs Carol #1. Charlie ParkerÕs White Christmas is also breathtaking, probably the best thing on the album, although unfortunately the sound quality is poor. Besides those, there are a half-dozen more excellent tracks that break through the usually dull holiday music. The rest are so-so Ñ listenable, but nothing to get excited about.
But I like the album a lot better than that last sentence might lead you to expect, because it has such a fine mix of styles. ThereÕs swing, modern jazz, blues, and even a little r&b. This is one of the few Christmas albums I own (and, honestly, IÕm a Christmas music addict) that I can listen to straight through without feeling like IÕm hearing the same song over and over again. ItÕs not perfect, but this is one classy and enjoyable Christmas CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite collection! December 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the reviewer below on many points but have a different opinion of the disk as a whole. There are some that I like better than others, but to me, most of the tunes are outstanding, with one or two that aren't bad, but less great than the others. The tunes are an ecclectic mix of a wide variety of styles, but I rather like the way they hang together. The difference in styles makes it less monotonous than many other collections. Especially when one considers that we've all heard most of these songs hundreds of times (at least!). There's a nice balance between 'out' interpretations and more straight ahead ones, the overall effect (for me, at least) is an elusive quality with even a slight attitude, or sense of humor. Also, I agree about the Charlie Parker cut being worth it alone!
And, perhaps best of all, it's mercifully free of the cheesey schlock.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An eclectic mish-mash of gems and some junk December 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Considering the excellent quality of Rhino's other jazz and blues Christmas compilations, Hipster's Holiday and Blue Yule, this one listens like an unfocused mess. There's a few vocal pieces here, some bebop instrumentals there, a few hard bop numbers here, not sequenced very well by style or chronology. The saving grace is some of the material. Charlie Parker's ultra rare, lo-fi 1948 air-check of "White Christmas" makes it essential for me. Dexter Gordon's 1970 reading of "The Christmas Song", Duke Pearson's "Sleigh Ride", Duke Ellington's "Jingle Bells", and The Modern Jazz Quartet's "England's Carol #1 (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)" are also essential. Among these gems are scattered less rare but still worthwhile material by Lou Rawls, Ella Fitzgerald, Booker T & The MGs, and King Curtis. Being on Rhino Records, I would have expected fewer songs that are widely available or available on other Rhino comps (the plaintive and excellent "Santa Claus, Santa Claus" by Louis Jordan, one of his last recordings, is repeated here and on Blue Yule - that's sloppiness on the label's part). Rhino archivists could have dug up other jazz artists' Christmas sides that aren't all that easy to find, like Louis Prima. There are a few lumps of coal, too, like The Inner Voices "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" and Carmen McRae's less than stellar reading of "The Christmas Song". All in all, the excellent material far outweighs the lesser points. I just expected better sequencing and selection from Rhino.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Jazz November 12, 2003
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you're tired of hearing the same traditional songs done the same old way, buy this cd. Every track is performed to perfection by everyone. The order in which the songs are presented and the mixture of jazz styles don't clash, they accentuate one another.
The only fatality is track 18 which was recorded lower than the others (you have to really crank it up) for whatever reason.
A great buy for the holidays. Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent, Unique Christmas Collection November 27, 2012
Format:Audio CD
~ In compiling this 18-track, 69-minute gem Rhino producers have selected music from 16 different labels, as only Rhino can do. The producers have obviously gone out of their way to generate an eclectic collection of unique jazz and blues interpretations of familiar and not so familiar Christmas tunes.
~ Seven of the tracks feature vocals ranging from the wordless medley of traditional tunes by the multi-voice Swingle Singers to the ever swinging Lou Rawls wishing that you "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". Louis Jordan's "Santa Clause, Santa Clause" is a delight, as is Ella's "Good Morning Blues". Carmen McRae's vocal treatment of "The Christmas Song" and Dexter Gordon's treatment of the same song make for an interesting comparison - both warm and heartfelt but each unique. Dexter recorded this song several times, but this version from his 1970 "The Panther" album is definitive.
~ The eleven instrumental tracks are all outstanding. Personal favourites are those by Duke Pearson's truly unique "Sleigh Ride", Vince Guaraldi (what would Christmas be without a track form "A Charlie Brown Christmas"), David Benoit ("Carol of the Bells"), MJQ's insightful "England's Carol #1" (based on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen), Bobbie Timmons joyous "Deck the Halls", Dexter Gordon's warm "The Christmas Song", and Steve Crooper leading Booker T. and the MG's through a bluesy "Merry Christmas Baby".
~ Recording dates range from 1953 to 1990 so sound quality varies slightly, but not so much as to be a distraction. The weakest in terms of sound quality is a live recording of Charlie Parker's All Stars "White Christmas" - but any sonic difficulties are outweighed by the terrific be-bop interpretation of this classic.
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