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Bebop Christmas
     

Bebop Christmas

by Niels Jorgen Steen
 
Christmas songs have long been viable devices for jazz musicians; the chord changes are easily transferable into Dixieland, swing and bop settings. For this CD, recorded in Copenhagen, four Europeans (pianist Niels Jorgen Steen, guitarist Morten Hojring, bassist Bob Stief and drummer Svend Erik Norregaard) meet up with American

Overview

Christmas songs have long been viable devices for jazz musicians; the chord changes are easily transferable into Dixieland, swing and bop settings. For this CD, recorded in Copenhagen, four Europeans (pianist Niels Jorgen Steen, guitarist Morten Hojring, bassist Bob Stief and drummer Svend Erik Norregaard) meet up with American expatriate tenor saxophonist Bob Rockwell to perform ten Yuletide favorites. The music is no-nonsense bebop, with the highlights including swinging renditions of "Sleigh Ride," "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Winter Wonderland" and "Jingle Bells." Rockwell (who deserves to be much better-known) plays particularly well; the rhythm section is excellent, and there are plenty of great solos from Steen and Hojring. A superior Christmas jazz set that is just as enjoyable in July as it is in December.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/21/1997
Label:
Storyville Records
UPC:
0717101418824
catalogNumber:
4188

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Tracks

  1. Sleigh Ride
  2. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  4. Winter Wonderland
  5. White Christmas
  6. The Christmas Song
  7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
  8. Jingle Bells
  9. I'll Be Home for Christmas
  10. Silent Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Niels Jorgen Steen   Primary Artist,Piano
Bo Stief   Bass
Svend-Erik Nørregaard   Drums
Bob Rockwell   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Buck Ram   Composer
Bo Stief   Contributor
Franz Gruber   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Karl Emil Knudsen   Executive Producer
Svend-Erik Nørregaard   Contributor
Bob Rockwell   Contributor
Niels Jorgen Steen   Arranger,Producer,Contributor
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Jens Nordsø   Artwork
James Pierpont   Composer

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