From ‘Al I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)’ to ‘Christmas Blues’ , we have mixed 20 ‘Jazz‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Christmas‘. It has Billy Eckstine, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Charlie Byrd, Peggy Lee With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and many more.
IMDB: Antonio Machín own versions of his songs make the other singers seem quite tepid. I loved the part when he was asked if he was “camp”: he answered with a sneer, “Yes, if it means I stick by my melodies and my sentiment, then I am Camp.” (now “Navidad” sounds camp)
Dreamtime : I have to say that from snowy New Hampshire’s perspective, the prospect looks inviting. I wish I could have found the Bob Atcher and Dinning Sisters version as video, since it’s the music I think of when I think of Christmas Island, but the Andrews Sisters do a nice turn on this song from 19 and 46.
Brainyquotes : Billy Eckstine said : “I think a song that’s got something to say. I’m not much on gimmicks. I never have been because they don’t last. But I like a song that tells a story and has some meat to it, you know, that means something” then he did “Christmas Eve”).
Amazon.com : Charles Brown’s Please Come Home for Christmas offers a sweet, blues-drenched step back in time to when R&B had not yet crossed over to the mainstream. Brown and his capable band turn on the holiday lights with a bevy of songs showcasing his smoky, lonely-avenue vocals, smart jazzlike phrasing, and minimal-but-tasty blues keyboard work.
Dusty Groove America : Charlie Byrd, the man who helped Stan Getz find his bossa makes in Titles include “Presente De Natal”, nice use of additional percussion, vibes, cello, and a bit of flugelhorn to back up Byrd’s work on acoustic guitar — never in a way that dominates too strongly, with just enough added sound to color in the grooves with a slightly deeper tone.
Oldies.com : Sinatra swings through traditional fireside sing-alongs often accompanied by his kids, Tina, Nancy, and Frank, Jr., in the days before the latter two became stars. He is also joined by his one-time rival in the crooner stakes, Bing Crosby, most notably on the classic “White Christmas,” which still has the power to call up pleasing sentiments of the season.
all-about-jazz : Top Ten Christmas Jazz Recordings Of All-Time : While moldy Christmas songs and great jazz seem as compatible as egg nog and Tanqueray, there have been instances where the planets have aligned to create songs that display the best of both genres. Uou’ll find them below.
Straight No Chaser : If you’ve decided that Christmas CDs by the Barking Dogs, Elmo & Patsy or (gasp) Jessica Simpson aren’t going to cut it this season, then here comes SNC to the rescue. Tomorrow begins our ten day countdown of the best Christmas Jazz CDs ever made