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Repost: (Less Than) 30 Days Out from Christmas: Jingle Bell Jazz

Posted in 30 Days Out (From Christmas) with tags , , , , , , , on December 16, 2012 by 30daysout

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Jingle Bell Jazz was one of the coolest albums of Christmas music ever.  Originally released in 1962, this unassuming little compilation featured an all-star cast of jazz luminaries like Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and others.

It was reissued on vinyl but now it has disappeared into the mists of time. The original Jingle Bell Jazz was issued by Columbia in 1962 (its cover featured a red Santa sack with gifts) and the reissue from 1980 (cover pictured above) only appeared on vinyl LP.

In 1985, the label combined Jingle Bell Jazz with another album God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen, and the resulting CD entitled Jingle Bell Jazz is a distillation of both.

Aficionados prefer the original vinyl-only versions of the album, probably because the CD reissue leaves out some crucial artists. So, as our Christmas gift to you, here are some new digital files from the original Jingle Bell Jazz, plus some other cool jazz Christmas tunes.

MP3: “Jingle Bells” by Duke Ellington

MP3: “White Christmas” by Lionel Hampton

MP3: “Winter Wonderland” by Chico Hamilton

MP3: “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” by Pony Poindexter

MP3: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” by the Dave Brubeck Quartet

MP3: “Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern) by Miles Davis

MP3: “Deck The Halls” by Herbie Hancock

MP3: “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Marlowe Morris

And some other nice jazz holiday tunes:

MP3: “Greensleeves” by John Coltrane

MP3: “The Christmas Song” by Dexter Gordon

MP3: “Let It Snow” by Wynton Marsalis

Springsteen appears on “Spectacle” with Costello

Posted in Bruce Springsteen with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2009 by 30daysout

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UPDATED: Read about the magical night at the Apollo at Backstreets Magazine.

Let me start off by saying “Spectacle” featuring Elvis Costello on the Sundance Channel is the best music program on TV…hands down. Costello asks insightful questions, artists like Lou Reed, Herbie Hancock, Kris Kristofferson, Smokey Robinson, Rosanne Cash and The Police, looked comfortable talking about themselves, and then there is the music. Costello usually plays with the artist, and whether they are his songs or their songs, the performances are outstanding.

This year’s guest list will feature, among others, Bruce Springsteen. The Boss is set to tape his segement at the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Sept. 25. It will be interesting to see if he spills the beans on the future of the E Street Band and to see what they play together. Costello recorded an excellent version of “Brilliant Disguise” and Bruce played “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding” on the Vote for Change Tour a few years ago, so we can probably count on at least those two. All I know is that whatever they play, it will rock. There is no air date at this time, but stick with us and we’ll let you know when it will come to a TV set near you.

Elvis Costello Official website

Bruce Springsteen Official website

Official “Spectacle” website

The Sundance Channel Official website

“London Calling” – Springsteen/Costello/VanZandt/Grohl