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What Christmas Jazz (and beyond) CD (or LP) are you listening to right now?

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perhaps not for every taste.

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A super compilation with a weak album cover.  The Impressions version of "Silent Night" is both danceably groovy and sincerely reverent at the same time and the two Otis Redding tracks are among his very finest performances.

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It took a  long time to find an affordable copy of this disc, but i found a still sealed copy at a reasonable price this year.

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Johnny Costa, the pianist from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, recorded this CD back in 1996 it looks like.  Good swinging performances and one tune ("Kingly Gifts") was even co-written by Mr. Rogers!

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An entertaining array of holiday music from such performers as Irma Thomas, the Louvin Brothers, NRBQ, Charles Brown, David Grisman, Brave Combo, George Thorogood and Joseph Spence.

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The best gypsy jazz styled Christmas album I've found.

 

 

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Darlene Love: Christmas Baby, Please Come Home

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I've always loved this song.  I'm surprised more singers have not recorded it.

 

Gerry Mulligan recorded his own vocal version of this song many years later.  I heard that version before I even knew about the existence of this one.  Learning about this recording by the two of them makes that later recording all the more poignant.

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I especially liked their version of "The Chipmunk Song".

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6 hours ago, jlhoots said:

Darlene Love: Christmas Baby, Please Come Home

AWESOME

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Reggae Christmas From Studio One

A definite change of pace when it comes to Christmas music.

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This disc also includes 4 tracks by Bill Doggett interspersed among the Charles Brown tracks.  When I first got this CD decades ago, I thought those Doggett tracks were kind of cheesy, but now I have come to enjoy them.

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Holiday music from the likes of Solomon Burke, George Jones & Tammy Wynette, Rufus Thomas, Foghat, Huey Piano Smith and little Augie Rios among others. 

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