Latin Jazz Christmas

Latin Jazz Christmas
Concord Music Group · 2003 · 78,80 Mb

01. Jingle Bells · Ed Calle · 6.55
02. Sleigh Ride · Caribbean Jazz Project · 4.51
03. What Child Is This · Poncho Sanchez · 5.18
04. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town · Ed Calle · 5.48
05. Santa Baby · Sheila E · 4.06
06. Angels We Have Heard On High · Caribbean Jazz Project · 4:50
07. White Christmas · Ed Calle · 5.10
08. Silent Night · Caribbean Jazz Project · 5.58
09. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas · Poncho Sanchez · 4.45
10. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen · Ed Calle · 5.14
11. Feliz Navidad · Pete Escovedo · 3.43


“From the bottom of my heart,” sings Pete Escovedo in a lovely arrangement of “Feliz Navidad” as he and his family wish us a Merry Christmas. Other tracks send similar wishes our way from Poncho Sanchez and his hardy crew, Caribbean Jazz Project, Sheila E., and several ensembles led by Ed Calle. There are surprises on every level. Traditional holiday favorites are interpreted with wrappings quite apart from what we’ve received in years past.

Ed Calle and Arturo Sandoval remind us that “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” with a hip-swinging mambo mood that promises evenings filled with much more than sugarplum fairies and interrupted dreams. Tenor saxophone and trumpet bring it all alive on the living room dance floor with stars shining all night long. A son montuno piano chorus, a syncopated conga gait, conversational fours between friends, and an ever-present bass foundation serve to brighten the holidays.

Sheila E. sings “Santa Baby” with a fun-loving sense of humor. Dave Valentin and Dave Samuels share “Angels We Have Heard On High” with an ocean breeze and a deeper meaning that is felt all over the world. Calle takes a feature on “White Christmas” worthy of the song’s many decades spent settling down by the fireplace. “Silent Night” doesn’t translate as well, since the cha cha cha backdrop provided by Caribbean Jazz Project carries with it an overload of moving feet and tapping fingers.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad” are more like it. The vocal authority of leaders Sanchez and Escovedo, respectively, pumps up the band and its audience. These veterans make you want to enjoy your holidays. Besides Sanchez’s thrilling conga barrage, he’s included perfectly suitable tenor saxophone and trumpet solos by Scott Martin and Sal Cracchiolo as well. Similarly, Escovedo adds Ray Obiedo’s solo guitar to the mix to round out the holiday schedule. Latin Jazz Christmas serves as a gift in many ways, and it’s meant to be enjoyed. As Sanchez is fond of saying, “Pa gozar.”
Jim Santella/All About Jazz

Ed Calle, tenor sax, baritone sax, synths, electric piano, alto flute, soprano sax.
Dave Valentin, flute.
Melecio Magdaluyo, baritone sax.
Scott Martin, tenor sax.
Arturo Sandoval, Jeff Kievit, Jim Hacker, Lewis Fasman, Sal Cracchiolo, trumpet. Francisco Torres, Dana Teboe, John Kricker, Jeff Kressman, Wayne Wallace, trombone. Dave Samuels, vibraphone.
Jim Gasior, David Torres, piano.
Murray Low, keyboards.
Dan Warner, Ray Obiedo, Steve Khan, guitar.
Mark Van Wageningen, Tony Banda, Ruben Rodriguez, bass.
Nicky Orta, electric bass.
Paul Van Wageningen, Lee Levin, drums.
Ramon Banda, timbales.
Pete Escovedo, timbales, vocals.
Dafnis Prieto, timbales, drums.
Juan Escovedo, congas.
Poncho Sanchez, congas, chekere, percussion.
Roberto Quintero, congas, percussion.
Richard Bravo, percussion.
Jose “Papo” Rodriguez, bongos, bata, chekere, percussion.
Justo Almario, soprano sax on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen".
Sheila E, vocals, percussion.
Lynn Maybry, background vocals.


Christmas Around The World

Putumayo Presents Christmas Around The World
Putumayo · 2003 · 52,07 Mb

01. Joyeux Noel · New York Twoubadou
02. Here We Come A-Wassailing · Steve Schuch & The NHC
03. Venid Fieles Todos (Adeste Fidelis) · Liuba Maria Hevia
04. St. Nicholas · Sheryl Cormier & Cajun Sounds
05. Deck The Hall · Cuba L.A.
06. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen · Banks Soundtech Steel Orchestra
07. White Christmas · Los Reyes
08. We Three Kings · Michael Doucet
09. What Child Is This · Dan Crary
10. Aguinaldo Jibaro · Pepe Castillo
11. Douce Nuit (Silent Night) · Kali
12. Paz En La Tierra · Ramon F. Veloz

Putumayo Presents New Orleans Christmas
Putumayo Presents A Jazz & Blues Christmas


A Very Special Acoustic Christmas

A Very Special Acoustic Christmas
Lost Highway · 2003 · 59,67 Mb

01. Silent Night · Reba McEntire · 3.35
02. Frosty The Snowman · Dan Tyminski · 2.20
03. Please Come Home For Christmas · Willie Nelson · 3.19
04. Just Put A Ribbon In Your Hair · Alan Jackson · 3.27
05. Only You Can Bring Me Cheer · Alison Krauss · 3.36
06. Even Santa Claus Gets The Blues · Marty Stuart · 3.31
07. Jingle Bells · Earl Scruggs · 2.44
08. Christmas Is Near · Ralph Stanley · 2.24
09. O Come All Ye Faithful · Patty Loveless · 2.33
10. O Holy Night · Wynonna Judd · 4.35
11. Winter Wonderland · Pat Green · 2.34
12. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! · Sam Bush · 4.10
13. Away In A Manger · Ricky Skaggs · 3.03
14. Christmas Time At Home · Rhonda Vincent · 2.45
15. I'll Be Home For Christmas · Tift Merritt · 3.07
16. Peace · Norah Jones · 3.50

Verve Presents: The Very Best of Christmas Jazz

Verve Presents: The Very Best of Christmas Jazz
Verve · 2001 · 64 Mb

01. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer · Ella Fitzgerald · 2.52
02. Merry Christmas, Baby · Kenny Burrell · 3.25
03. Christmas Eve · Billy Eckstine · 3.04
04. Here Comes Santa Claus · Ramsey Lewis · 2.39
05. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! · Joe Williams · 4.35
06. Greensleeves · John Coltrane · 3.48
07. The Christmas Song · Mel Torme · 2.45
08. 'Zat You, Santa Claus? · Louis Armstrong · 2.48
09. Winter Wonderland · Shirley Horn · 4.08
10. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town · Bill Evans · 4.25
11. Good Morning, Blues · Count Basie · 3.14
12. Jingle Bells · Jimmy Smith · 3.13
13. Silent Night · Dinah Washington · 2.21
14. A Child Is Born · Oscar Peterson · 2.35

Pass: jazzcompilation


New Orleans Christmas

New Orleans Christmas
Putumayo · 2006 · 58,3 Mb

01. Santa Claus is Comin' to Town - Big Al Carson with Lars Edegran
02. Christmas in New Orleans - James Andrews
03. 'Zat You, Santa Claus? - Ingrid Lucia
04. Silver Bells - Heritage Hall Jazz Band with Gregg Stafford
05. I'll Be Home For Christmas - B. Gibson & The NO Hot Jazz
06. Please Come Home for Christmas - Papa Don Vappie's
07. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Ellis Marsalis
08. White Christmas - John Boutté
09. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Topsy Chapman
10. Santa's Second Line - New Birth Brass Band
11. Holiday Time in New Orleans - Dukes of Dixieland

Pass: jazzcompilation

From the liner notes
New Orleans residents celebrate Christmas with customs that are both old and new, borrowed and invented. The faithful still attend Christmas Eve mass at St. Louis Cathedral in the Vieux Carre, or French Quarter. In olden days, this would be followed by a long, elaborate dinner known as reveillon, a meal that is still served in parts of France and Canada. Today, many of New Orleans' finest restaurants offer reveillon throughout December.

Twinkling electric lights and flickering holiday candles can be found everywhere in the city, recalling the French custom of fete des lumieres, when candles are placed in the windows of every house in a village. In downtown New Orleans, the block-long lobby of the Fairmont Hotel is dressed every year in a cloud-like canopy of angel hair and holiday lights, while in New Orleans' City Park, strings of more than two million lights decorate the limbs of the majestic old oak trees.

All along the bayous of the countryside outside New Orleans, bonfires known as feux de joie are lit on Christmas Eve-reminding residents of their European ancestors and providing Pere Noel with enough light to find every child's home.

The music of New Orleans at Christmas time also reflects this love for making holiday traditions new again. Well-known songs are sung with a different feeling, while newly composed songs fondly recall favorite holiday memories. The warmth of the holiday flavors, the unique character of the music; why, is the Christmas season so special to the people of New Orleans? Because it combines three basic elements-celebration, family gatherings, and generosity-all of which can be found in great abundance in New Orleans and throughout Louisiana.

Putumayo Presents A Jazz & Blues Christmas
Putumayo Presents Christmas Around The World


Alligator Christmas Collection

The Alligator Records Christmas Collection
Alligator · 1992 · 70,7 Mb

01. Merry, Merry Christmas - Koko Taylor
02. Christmas Time In The Country - Kenny Neal
03. I'm Your Santa - Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials
04. Deck The Halls With Boogie Woogie - Katie Webster
05. Please Let Me Be Your Santa Claus - William Clarke
06. Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin' - Tinsley Ellis
07. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus - Charles Brown
08. Lonesome Christmas - Son Seals
09. Christmas On The Bayou - Lonnie Brooks
10. Santa Claus - Little Charlie & The Nightcats
11. The Little Drummer Boy - Elvin Bishop
12. One Parent Christmas - Safire
13. Christmas - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
14. Silent Night - Charlie Musselwhite

Pass: jazzcompilation

Alligator Records Genuine Houserockin' Collection


A Jazz Christmas

A Jazz Christmas
Sony · 1990 · 54 Mb

01. Jingle Bells · Duke Ellington
02. Sleigh Ride · Tex Beneke
03. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town · Dave Brubeck Quartet
04. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas · Dexter Gordon
05. Frosty the Snowman · Dukes Of Dixieland
06. Deck Us All With Boston Charlie · Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
07. Our Little Town · The Heath Brothers
08. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas · Tex Beneke
09. Winter Wonderland · Chico Hamilton
10. I'll Be Home For Christmas · McCoy Tyner

Pass: jazzcompilation


A Jazz & Blues Christmas

A Jazz & Blues Christmas
Putumayo · 2008 · 46 Mb

01. Christmas Celebration · B.B. King
02. Santa's Blues · Charles Brown
03. Wrap Yourself in a Christmas Package · R.Greer & I.Terraza
04. Santa Baby · Emilie Claire Barlow
05. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer · Ray Charles
06. Here Comes Santa Claus · The Ramsey Lewis Trio
07. Merry Christmas Baby · The Dukes of Dixieland
08. The Christmas Blues · Topsy Chapman & Lars Edegran
09. Xmas Baby · Riff Ruffin
10. All I Ask for Christmas · Mighty Blue Kings

The Putumayo label reliably delivers incredibly cool music, usually with around-the-world flair, but sometimes the focus is home-grown excitement. In fact, just last season I reviewed Putumayo's excellent New Orleans Christmas on this site. A natural outgrowth of New Orleans Christmas, Putumayo's A Jazz & Blues Christmas serves up more sizzlin' seasonal standards.

Although the music ends far too quickly (after 33 minutes), it's top quality every bar of the trip. Surprisingly, I enjoyed this ride even more than last year's New Orleans Christmas adventure. The highlights here are just astoundingly high, and that makes this album mighty easy to embrace. B.B. King reigns over all he surveys with his raspy opener Christmas Celebration, and Ray Charles absolutely kills with his outstanding Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. These two tracks alone are easily worth the price of admission. Wow!

Fans of soulful blues and traditional jazz will applaud A Jazz & Blues Christmas; it's the genuine article. Next time, Putumayo, please extend the seasonal offerings for at least 10 minutes more!
Carol Swanson/www.christmasreviews.com

A Jazz & Blues Christmas
Putumayo Presents New Orleans Christmas
Putumayo Presents Christmas Around The World

Alligator Records Genuine Houserockin' Christmas

Alligator Records Genuine Houserockin' Christmas
Alligator · 2003 · 83,20 Mb

01. Have You Heard The News? · Koko Taylor · 4.44
02. Christmas Train · Carey Bell · 3.36
03. Christmas Snow · Michael Burks · 3.59
04. Christmas Time · Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials · 3.38
05. Stay A Little Longer, Santa · Shemekia Copeland · 4.23
06. Back Door Santa · The Holmes Brothers · 3.05
07. Christmas Party · W.C. Clark · 3.53
08. Zydeco Christmas · C.J. Chenier · 3.25
09. Christmas Day Blues · Cephas & Wiggins · 3.10
10. Christmas Fais Do Do · Marcia Ball · 3.15
11. Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get The Blues? · Roomful Of Blues · 3.23
12. Really Been Good This Year · Saffire · 3.28
13. All I Want For Christmas · Lonnie Brooks · 4.55
14. A Bluesman's Christmas · Coco Montoya · 4.28
15. It's Christmas Time Again · Little Charlie & The Nightcats · 3.13
16. Fattening Up The Turkey · Dave Hole · 3.42

Pass: jazzcompilation

Koko Taylor
Have You Heard The News?
Koko Taylor, Vocals
Criss Johnson, Guitars, Bass
Richard Gibbs Jr, Piano
Kriss T. Johnson Jr, Drums

Carey Bell
Christmas Train
Carey Bell, Harmonica, Vocals
Lonnie Brooks, Guitar
Ken Saydak, Piano
Johnny B. Gayden, Bass
Willie Hayes, Drums

Michael Burks
Christmas Snow
Michael Burks, Guitar, Vocals
Vasti Jackson, Rhythm Guitar
Ernest “Blues Bear” Williamson, Organ
David Smith, Bass
Steve Potts, Drums

Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials
Christmas Time
Lil’ Ed Williams, Guitar, Vocals
Mike Garrett, Rhythm Guitar
James “Pookie” Young, Bass
Kelly Littleton, Drums

Shemekia Copeland
Stay A Little Longer, Santa
Shemekia Copeland, Vocals
Arthur Neilson, Guitar
Jason Ladanye, Keyboards
Jason Langley, Bass
Barry Harrison, Drums
“Fingers” Hahn, Percussion

The Holmes Brothers
Back Door Santa
Wendell Holmes, Guitar, Hammond B-3 Organ, Lead Vocal
Sherman Holmes, Bass, Background Vocal
Popsy Dixon, Drums, Background Vocal
Catherine Russell, Tambourine, Background Vocal

W.C. Clark
Christmas Party
W.C. Clark, Guitar and Vocals
Derek O’Brien, Guitar
Riley Osborne, Keyboards
Larry Fulcher, Bass
Barry “Frosty” Smith, Drums
The Texas Horns:
Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff, Tenor Sax, Horn Arrangement
Gary Slechta, Trumpet
John Mills, Baritone Sax

C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band
Zydeco Christmas
C.J. Chenier, Accordion, Vocal, Percussion
Tim Betts, Guitar
Glenn Griffin, Bass
James Alfred, Rubboard, Percussion
Christopher “Katt” Lee, Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals
Gregory Jones, Percussion

Cephas & Wiggins
Christmas Day Blues
John Cephas, Guitar, Vocals
Phil Wiggins, Harmonica

Marcia Ball
Christmas Fais Do Do
Marcia Ball, Piano, Vocals
Danny Levin, Fiddle
Casper Rawls, Guitar
Bradley Williams, Accordion
Kevin Smith, Bass
Rob Hooper, Drums

Roomful Of Blues
Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get The Blues?
Mark Du Fresne, Vocals
Bob Enos, Trumpet
Mark Earley, Baritone Sax
Rich Lataille, Alto Sax
Mark Stevens, Keyboards
Chris Vachon, Guitar
Brad Hallen, Bass
Jason Corbiere, Drums

Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women
Really Been Good This Year
Ann Rabson, Piano, Vocals (second verse)
Gaye Adegbalola, Guitar, Vocals (third verse)
Andra Faye, Mandolin, Vocals (first verse)

Lonnie Brooks
All I Want For Christmas (Is To Be With You)
Lonnie Brooks, Lead Guitar, Vocals
Wayne Baker Brooks, Rhythm Guitar (right)
Ronnie Baker Brooks, Rhythm Guitar (left), Percussion
Daryl Coutts, Organ
David “Biscuit” Miller, Bass
Mike Rodbard, Drums

Coco Montoya
A Bluesman’s Christmas
Coco Montoya, Guitar, Vocals
Alan Mirikitani, Rhythm Guitar
Anthony Patler, Keyboards
Gerald Johnson, Bass
Lee Spath, Drums

Little Charlie & The Nightcats
Christmas Time Again (Spend, Spend, Spend)
Little Charlie Baty, Guitar
Rick Estrin, Harmonica, Vocals
Lorenzo Farrell, Bass
Jay Hansen, Drums

Dave Hole
Fattening Up The Turkey
Dave Hole, Guitar, Vocals
Bob Patient, Keyboards
Roy Daniel, Bass
Ric Eastman, Drums

Alligator Records Genuine Houserockin' Christmas

A wonderful alternative to the same old Christmas classics

When you have had your fill of the local radio station fare, and when you grow tired of the Time Life classic collection, pull out the Genuine House-rockin' Christmas disc for an evening of blues-inspired holiday fun!

This is not the first collection you will want to pull out to get you in the Christmas mood as the jingle bells of tradition are replaced with the accordion and fiddle of a hopping Zydeco party, but it sure is a great change of pace during the holidays that gets better with repeated play.
While I still enjoy the classics that I grew up with (including Ray Conniff and Mitch Miller...), this is one of the discs I pull out when I want to take a break from the cocoa in front of the fire and want to put my dancing shoes on.

It is great for Christmas parties, and many friends have heard it and gone on to get it for themselves. So if you are wondering if it is your cup of tea, take a listen to the sample tracks here, and if you like what you hear don't hesitate to add it to your collection.
R. Knight/Amazon.com

The Alligator Records Christmas Collection