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Jingle Bell Jazz

Various Artists Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 1, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: September 1, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000002659
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,564 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - The Dexter Gordon Quartet
2. I'll Be Home For Christmas - McCoy Tyner
3. The Christmas Song (Chesnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) - The Arthur Blythe Quartet
4. Our Little Town (Based On Oh Little Town On Bethlehem) - The Heath Brothers
5. God Rest ye Merry, Gentlemen - Paquito D'Rivera
6. We Three Kings Of Orient Are - The Wynton Marsalis Quintent
7. Jingle Bells - Duke Ellington
8. White Christmas - Lionel Hampton
9. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) - Carmen McRae
10. Rudolph, The Red-Nose Reindeer - Pony Pointdexter
11. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town - The Dave Brubeck Quartet
12. Deck Us All With Boston Charlie - Lambert, Hendricks And Ross
13. Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) - Miles Davis
14. Deck The Halls - Herbie Hancock

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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the Original December 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
If you are looking for the Original (Columbia "CS8693") Jingle Bell Jazz (cover has Red Santa Sack full of gifts)issued October 17, 1962, THIS IS NOT IT. The reissue ("PC 36803")of Jingle Bell Jazz (cover has Snow filled N.Y. streets with Taxi Cabs)in September, 1973 is GREAT. This latest "reissue" IS NOT. If you are expecting either of the "Original" issues on CD, you will be greatly offended. There is no Chico Hamilton, no Paul Horn. In 1985, CBS stupidly combined Jingle Bell Jazz with another Columbia recording called God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen and the sad result is THIS CD. Do youself a favor, secure the Vinyl Original and burn your own CD. "You'll be glad you did." (...) I'd sell you my CD but it was so sorry, I couldn't sell it, I GAVE it away.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Chico Hamilton, But... November 19, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As some of the other reviewers have stated, there are indeed many unfortunate omissions on this cd that were included on the original vinyl release. Hopefully Sony will see fit in the near future to reissue the recordings as they originally appeared. Having said that, I will make two comments. First of all, Chico Hamilton's "Winter Wonderland" is indeed available on cd. It is on a Sony Music Special Products cd called simply "Jazz Christmas". It is available from amazon, and it's worth the search, even it if it is very short in length, and has tawdry packaging. To my knowledge, this is the only way to get the song on cd. Secondly, this is still a wonderful cd, and one I seem to never tire of hearing. McCoy Tyner's solo piano rendition of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" is beautiful and reflective; Duke Ellington's raucous version of "Jingle Bells" is loads of fun; Carmen McRae's touching version of "The Christmas Song" still conjures up images of light snowfall with the faint glow of candles in the background; Dave Brubeck's midtempo rendition of "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" has some wonderfully swinging alto work from the great Paul Desmond; Dexter Gordon is bluesy and swinging on "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". All in all a fine and diverse Christmas cd with plenty of moods and melodies. Always worth hearing and worth owning despite the omissions.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the original LP program... where's Chico? November 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I take a star off just because those who have owned the original JINGLE BELL JAZZ on CBS (w/ the taxicabs by the snowy street corner shown on the cover) may be disappointed to discover that the CD issue does not include several cuts from the old album. To make room for new cuts by Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, Arthur Blythe, the Heath Brothers, Paquito D'Rivera, and Wynton Marsalis, the label left out Chico Hamilton's wonderful "Winter Wonderland," Paul Horn's "We Three Kings," The Manhattan Jazz All-Stars' "If I Were a Bell," and Marlowe Morris' "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree."
Nothing against Dex, McCoy, and the Heath Brothers, but the absence of the Hamilton and Horn cuts in particular are a real loss to the collection. Chico's arrangement of "Winter Wonderland" perfectly captures that hushed, peaceful feeling you get when walking along a snowy hillside on a cold, clear night. It's beautiful, and I can hardly imagine going through the season without hearing it. Why is it missing here?? The track time on this CD is just short of 62 minutes; Columbia should have had room at least to keep Hamilton and Horn. And if it meant trimming "Blue Xmas" or Wynton (he has his own Christmas album, anyway) to make room for "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"--so be it!
Anyway, what's here is still pretty nice. If you got this, JINGLE BELL JAM on Rhino, and Ellington's THREE SUITES (featuring his arrangement of "The Nutcracker Suite"), you'd have an excellent selection of Holiday Jazz. I hope that Columbia will reissue an expanded version of this album, with Chico Hamilton, soon. Meanwhile, look through cassette racks and used LP bins, and the original set might turn up.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD about 5 years ago and it is simply exquisite. On one collection, you have some rare finds from Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. The selections from Dexter Gordon and Herbie Hancock are outstanding. The Arthur Blythe Quartet's rendition of The Christmas Song is as good as any one will ever hear. This CD puts me in the spirit whether I'm in the car shopping, out taking a walk, or sitting in front of the tree. It's a bargain. Buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Insted we get Two (2) albums combined, and because of time configurations Four (4) artists Chico Hamilton, Paul Horn, Manhattan Jazz All Stars, and Marlowe Morris had to be REMOVED! WHY? WHY? WHY? When I'm pretty sure Columbia has MORE than enough in their vaults to give us TWO (2) Volumes of Christmas Jazz...You'd think?. But now if you're jazz trying to make a Jazz Head ALMOST happy this might work. The key word to remember...MIGHT. The music to be found here is real nice like: Dexter Gordon "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", Duke Ellington
"Jingle Bells", Lionel Hampton "White Christmas", and Carmen McRae "The Christmas Song", but for the most part the good folks at Columbia (Sony) & Now Sony/BMG could have done a far better job in putting this together. You know what maybe they used the old Western Theory: "Shoot 'Em All, And Let God Pick Out The Good Ones", but in this case the question would be Did They Make The Right Choices?.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christmas Jazz
This is a fantastic way to enjoy Christmas music. Some very tastefully played jazz renditions of the old classic songs.
Published 10 months ago by Alfred V. Tellone
5.0 out of 5 stars nice variety and arrangements
I had borrowed this cd from my local library and wanted to add it to my collection.Great arrangements!Happy with the purchase!
Published 19 months ago by marilyn goktuna
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally a keeper.
My original vinyl album was burnt up in a house fire. I have looked for a replacement for years and could not find one. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Duffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement
The original was nowhere to be found. As it was a seasonal favorite, I ordered a new one. Look forward to jazzing up the holidays next year.
Published 21 months ago by Sally A. Ticaric
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Jazz Christmas from Columbia Records
~ This CD is not the old vinyl album "Jingle Bell Jazz" and it is not the old vinyl album "God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen". Read more
Published 22 months ago by D.R.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
It wouldn't be Christmas without hearing Dexter Gordon play Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. This CD is great, it's in permanent rotation on my way to my relatives. Read more
Published on December 22, 2010 by John K
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection - but bring back Chico Hamilton and Paul Horn!
The music here is quite good, but I take off one star for the absolutely indefensible decision to remove Chico Hamilton's masterful "Winter Wonderland" -- the best version of this... Read more
Published on December 12, 2009 by MusicFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the original perhaps, but ...
Apparently I do not have the original. I cannot, therefore, speak to the wonderfulness of that or of the first re-issue. Read more
Published on December 25, 2008 by Mark E. Hendricks
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly the best mainstream-jazz Christmas collection
For a historical collection of blues and jazz holiday music, Jass Records' "Santa Claus Blues" sets the standard - with rarities going back to the 1920s. Read more
Published on December 25, 2007 by Eric A. Isaacson
5.0 out of 5 stars Dude where's my Christmas?
Well here it is,right here! I have given more copies of this cd ,to friends,than Columbia has sold.And it's so cheap!!! Read more
Published on December 19, 2005 by Albert W. Leavitt
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