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Santa Claus Blues

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Santa Claus Blues - Clarence Williams' Blue Five With Louis Armstrong
  2. Christmas Morning Blues - Victoria Spivey
  3. Santa Claus, Bring My Man Back - Ozle Ware With Duke Ellington's Hot Five
  4. Winter Wonderland - Ted Weems And His Orchestra
  5. Jingle Bells - Benny Goodman And His Orchestra
  6. Santa Clause Came In The Spring - Putney Dandridge And His Swing Band
  7. What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everyone Swingin'?) - Louis Prima And His New Orleans Gang
  8. Swingin' Them Jingle Bells - Fats Waller And His Rhythm
  9. I Want You For Christmas - Dick Robertson And His Orchestra
  10. Good Morning Blues (I Want To See Santa Claus) - Count Basle And His Orchestra
  11. Ev'ry Day's A Holiday - Al Bowlly And His Orchestra
  12. Meet Me Under The Mistletoe - Dick Robertson And His Orchestra
  13. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Woody Herman And His Orchestra
  14. Happy New Year, Baby - Johnny Otts And His Orchestra
  15. Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney - Ella Fitzgerald
  16. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus - Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra
  17. Merry Christmas, Baby - Lionel Hampton And His Orchestra
  18. The Christmas Song - Jack Teagarden
  19. Cool Yule - Louis Armstrong With The Commanders
  20. Zat You, Santa Claus - Louis Armstrong With The Commanders
  21. Christmas In New Orleans - Louis Armstrong With The Commanders
  22. Christmas Night In Harlem - Louis Armstrong With Benny Carters Orchestra
  23. The Night Before Christmas-A Poem - Louis Armstrong


Product Details

  • 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)

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By Eric A. Isaacson on December 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Santa Claus blues is the swing'nest set ever of authentic blues and jazz takes on Christmas, going back to historical takes from the 1920s. This is the real thing.

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'?
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Jump start your holiday listening with this fabulous collection of treasures from the past! This is a seriously fun CD that will blow away anyone with a pulse when they hear it for the first time. Especially noteworthy is the great Satchmo singing "Zat You Santa Claus?," and a 20-year-old Ella Fitzgerald singing "Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney." Satchmo also closes the CD with a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas".
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....!
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I bought the tape back in the 80's at Tower Records. Then lost it. I'm heartbroken because it's my absolute favorite Christmas music. I have it on "order" through Amazon and I keep upping the price I'll pay, but nothing has shown up for the two years I've had my request on file.
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.
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