- Audio CD (January 22, 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Jass Records
- ASIN: B000001OTA
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,230 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Santa Claus Blues
Top Customer Reviews
Highlights include the title track, "Santa Claus Blues," recorded by Clarence Williams' Blue Five in 1925, featuring Louis Armstrong on trumpet and Sidney Bechet on soprano sax. This is the same tune that the Red Onion Jazz Babies recorded in 1924, with no vocals. Here we get the lyrics - a real treat - sung by Eva Taylor.
This is followed by a 1927 recording of Victoria Spivey, accompanied by Lonnie Johnson and Porter Grainger, on the "Christmas Morning Blues." Victoria Spivey's plaintive voice has never been matched - and this is one of her finest performances. The song reminds us that early jazz and blues artists lived in a world of gross racial injustice and repression. "My man is so deep in trouble," laments Spivey, "the white folk couldn't get him free." I cannot listen to the piece without feeling horror at how my country treated African Americans, and overwhelming respect for the artists who gave us America's greatest musical art forms - jazz and the blues.
Other songs include a 1928 recording of Ozie Ware and Duke Ellington's Hot Five covering "Santa Claus, Bring My Man Back," a 1934 recording of Ted Weems and his Orchestra covering "Winter Wonderland," a 1935 recording of Benny Goodman and his Orchestra playing "Jingle Bells," and a 1935 recording of Putney Dandridge and his Swing Band covering Johnny Mercer's "Santa Claus Came in the Spring," featuring Teddy Wilson on piano, Red Allen on trumpet, and either Ben Webster or Teddy McRae on tenor sax.
Then Louis Prima and his New Orleans Gang ask: "What will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody Swingin'?Read more ›
All you recent converts to swing and jump blues - this is one for you. "Boogie-Woogie Santa Claus," and "What Will Santa Claus Say (when he finds everybody swinging!)" are worth the price of this CD alone.
You'll be the hero of the holiday party when you bring this one along! Talk about blowing Andy Williams out of the water....!
People seem to love it or hate it, but it's just the thing for people who are overloaded with the typical Christmas stuff. This one is good year 'round.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great historic African-American Christmas recordings from R+B musicians, big bands/orchestras, and singers (of what sounds to be the 1930s and 1940s). Read morePublished 7 months ago by BRIAN A. O'DELL
This is a great CD both for listening and to add to your Christmas collection. For years I had it and recently lost the CD. Now I am desperate to replace it. Read morePublished on January 3, 2004 by Glen Johnston
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