Bebop Christmas

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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, ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/1997
  • Label: Storyville Records
  • UPC: 717101418824
  • Catalog Number: 4188

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sleigh Ride (5:33)
  2. 2 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (6:53)
  3. 3 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (4:36)
  4. 4 Winter Wonderland (5:07)
  5. 5 White Christmas (4:46)
  6. 6 The Christmas Song (5:06)
  7. 7 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (4:21)
  8. 8 Jingle Bells (5:53)
  9. 9 I'll Be Home for Christmas (4:55)
  10. 10 Silent Night (2:33)
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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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