Christmas Jazz! Vol. 2

Christmas Jazz! Vol. 2


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Christmas Jazz! Vol. 2

Like the first volume of Christmas music, the second Christmas collection issued by the Nagel-Heyer label uses tracks recycled from previously issued material -- not only its own, but some from the Sackville and Arbors labels as well. Most of the songs come from the same albums that comprise volume one. But it's still good stuff. Charlie Bertini's trumpet is featured on perhaps the most poignant holiday pop song of all, "I'll Be Home for Christmas," familiar to every serviceman at an overseas post since it was written in 1943. Turning 180 degrees, Bertini swings on "Frosty the Snowman." The trumpet player and his friends give this tune typical New Orleans jam session treatment featuring some excellent Allan Vaché clarinet and Dave Gannett tuba. One of the best-selling songs of all time, "White Christmas" gets a romantic play by Jim Galloway's tenor, while the blues are added with Jay McShann's vocalizing on "Merry Christmas, Baby." Mark Shane's Christmas Allstars get the bulk of playing time, as they are responsible for four of the cuts. James Chirillo's guitar is front and center on an up-tempo "Jingle Bells," while on "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" Chirillo and friends get a bit funky. Jon-Erik Kellso's trumpet, both open and muted, gets a lot of play on this track. One of the album's highlights is the ardent "Silver Bells" vocal by Linda Fields. All in all, this CD is good jazz with a theme that happens to be the Christmas season. The performances can stand on their own any time of the year. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2000
Label: Nagel-Heyer Germany
UPC: 0645347101227
catalogNumber: 1012

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jay McShann   Piano,Vocals
Ralph Sutton   Piano
Neil Swainson   Bass
Jim Galloway   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sackville All Stars   Track Performer
Allan Vaché   Clarinet
Archie Alleyne   Drums
Jan Harrington   Leader
Harry Allen   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Bertini   Trumpet
James Chirillo   Banjo,Guitar
Linda Fields   Vocals
Dave Gannett   Tuba
Milt Hinton   Bass
Gus Johnson   Drums
Jon-Erik Kellso   Trumpet
Ed Metz   Drums
Randy Morris   Piano
Pat O'Leary   Bass
Dave Ratajczak   Drums
Mark Shane   Piano,Vocals
Jon Marks   Piano
Gerald Bartels   Bass
Werner Gürtler   Trombone
Harold Smith   Drums

Technical Credits

Buck Ram   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Fred Longshaw   Composer
Lou Baxter   Composer
Hans Nagel-Hayer   Executive Producer
Sabine Nagel-Heyer   Executive Producer
Johnny Moore   Composer
John Henry Hopkins   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer

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