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Big Band Holidays
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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Vinyl, November 20, 2015
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Put some swing in your holiday season with Big Band Holidays from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The first holiday album ever released by DownBeat Readers Poll s Best Big Band of 2013 & 2014, Big Band Holidays features original big band arrangements of timeless favorites including Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, We Three Kings, and White Christmas. Culled from three years of live concerts, the album also boasts a number of special guest vocalists.
Nine-time GRAMMY Award winner and Pulitzer Prize winner Wynton Marsalis and the JLCO are joined by special guest vocalists Cécile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, and René Marie on what's sure to become a holiday classic. This holiday season, there's no better gift than this beautiful deluxe package featuring jazzy renditions of family holiday favorites.
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So why do I not rate it five stars? Well, if you have heard some of the JLCO's live performances on radio, you will be aware that Wynton Marsalis can't resist jumping into the applause after a number to shout out acknowledgements for soloists and arrangers. Unfortunately, these have been retained with the applause after every number here. What is acceptable on a broadcast becomes quite annoying on a Christmas album. It's a real mood buster. (And, this info is already available in the album's booklet.)
By the way, as terrific as these performances are, there is nothing here to equal "Silent Night" for sheer beauty as performed by Wynton M. and Kathleen Battle on his first Christmas album many years ago.
They both played it immediately. The Party Swooned!