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Putumayo Presents: Jazz & Blues Christmas

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Jazz and blues have both had their share of Christmas recordings over the years, and Christmas jazz can easily work well alongside Christmas blues -- which is what happens on Putumayo Presents: Jazz & Blues Christmas. This Christmas-oriented compilation has one foot in jazz and the other foot in the blues; the ten-track CD is fairly diverse, ranging from vocal jazz on Canadian singer Emilie-Claire Barlow's playful performance of "Santa Baby" to electric urban blues on B.B. King's "Christmas Celebration." Many of the tracks combine jazz and blues elements, including the late Charles Brown's "Santa's Blues," Topsy Chapman and Lars Edegran's version of "The Christmas ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Jazz and blues have both had their share of Christmas recordings over the years, and Christmas jazz can easily work well alongside Christmas blues -- which is what happens on Putumayo Presents: Jazz & Blues Christmas. This Christmas-oriented compilation has one foot in jazz and the other foot in the blues; the ten-track CD is fairly diverse, ranging from vocal jazz on Canadian singer Emilie-Claire Barlow's playful performance of "Santa Baby" to electric urban blues on B.B. King's "Christmas Celebration." Many of the tracks combine jazz and blues elements, including the late Charles Brown's "Santa's Blues," Topsy Chapman and Lars Edegran's version of "The Christmas Blues" and the Dukes of Dixieland's arrangement of "Merry Christmas, Baby." Most of the selections are vocal-oriented; the exception is the Ramsey Lewis Trio's 1964 recording of Gene Autry's "Here Comes Santa Claus," which is instrumental soul-jazz. Back in the 1960s, the terms "soul-jazz" and "organ combo" were often used interchangeably, but Lewis -- like Gene Harris, Horace Silver, and Ray Bryant -- demonstrated that soul-jazz could also be piano-driven, and "Here Comes Santa Claus" is a perfect example of the pianistic side of soul-jazz. If there is anything on Jazz & Blues Christmas that essentially falls outside of jazz and blues, it is Ray Charles' version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" -- which is more soul than anything. But even though Charles was primarily an R&B artist, he could easily perform jazz or blues as well as gospel or country. And he doesn't feel the least bit out of place on this 2008 release in fact, many blues artists are putting classic soul, including Charles' hits, in their repertoire these days. Lasting only 33 minutes, Jazz & Blues Christmas could have easily been another 30 or 40 minutes longer and given listeners more bang for their buck. But even so, this is an enjoyable compilation that thoughtfully reminds us of the connection between Christmas jazz and Christmas blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248028521
  • Catalog Number: 285
  • Sales rank: 11,447

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Christmas Celebration - B.B. King (3:41)
  2. 2 Santa's Blues - Charles V. Brown (3:25)
  3. 3 Wrap Yourself in a Christmas Package - Ignasi Terraza Trio (2:29)
  4. 4 Santa Baby (3:11)
  5. 5 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Ray Charles (4:05)
  6. 6 Here Comes Santa Claus (2:41)
  7. 7 Merry Christmas Baby - Luther Kent (3:43)
  8. 8 The Christmas Blues - Topsy Chapman (4:35)
  9. 9 Xmas Baby (2:24)
  10. 10 All I Ask for Christmas (2:56)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Gene Autry Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Elliott Federman Mastering
B.B. King Composer
Dan Storper Executive Producer, Song Selection
Nicola Heindl Illustrations
Lou Baxter Composer
Ross Bon Composer
Oakley Haldeman Composer
Roger Hahn Liner Notes
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