Bending Towards the Light - a Jazz Nativity

The Christmas story told through jazz with Dave Brubeck , Tito Puente , Lionel Hampton , Clark Terry and others Genre: Jazz: Swing/...

The Christmas story told through jazz with Dave Brubeck, Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, Clark Terry and others
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
Release Date: 1995
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps
Total Time: 1:17:34
Total Size: 177 MB

1. Bending Towards the Light - Grady Tate        3:52
2. Introduction - Charles Kuralt                1:29
3. Silent Night - Bob Kindred                3:50
4. Luke 2:7-8 - New York Voices, Maeretha Stewart        2:14   
5. One Star - Bob Galbraith, Milt Grayson            2:06
6. The First Noel - Jon Gordon, Solo            5:12
7. Luke 2:9-13 - New York Voices            2:19
8. Angels We have Heard on High - J. Dodgion, B. Powell    2:54
9. Luke: New York Voices                1:03
10. Bending Towards the Light - Chris Mendez        2:52
11. What Child is This - Jackie Cain and Roy Kral        4:37
12. What Child is This (reprise) - Jackie Cain and Roy Kral    0:18
13. Softly Falls the gentle night - Gail Wynters        6:12
14. Silent Night (reprise) - Bob Kindred            0:24
15. We Three Kings - Jon Faddis, Jimmy Slyde, Tito Puente    7:24
16. Bending Towards the Light (reprise) - Jazz Choir        0:39
17. God's Love Made Visible - New York Voices        4:16
18. Deck The Halls - New York Voices            23:10
19. Closing - Charles Kuralt                0:28
20. John 1:5, Matthew - Jazz Choir            0:49
21. Joy To The World - Orchestra            1:26

5.0 out of 5 stars: Not like being there but it will have to do.
By Samuel C.  on December 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
(I'm raising my rating from 3 to 5 stars after a couple more listens. You may wish to start with the finale, a 30-minute, choreographed, moveable jam session for the ages on "Deck the Halls." I've never heard anything quite like it. Each group arrives at the manger--first saxes, then trombones, then trumpets--and blows the roof off of the stable, outdoing the previous group in its musical offering. And in between the groups are individual pilgrims--Toots Thielmans, Adam Makiewicz, Russell George--with equally spirited offerings.)

Not the usual jazzing up of pop Christmas tunes but a jazz nativity based on the Christmas story of the Gospels (though this did not prevent a Manhattan Rabbi from offering his synagogue for one of the performances), the musical pageant features the likes of Brubeck, Hampton, Puente dressed up as Wise Men, Shepherds, Angels. And as the title suggests, the production was as theatrical and visual as it was musical (veteran tap dancer Jimmy Slyde is one of the "stars"). All of which makes for a great experience for the spectator fortunate enough to have been in attendance (it's not clear to me whether the production, originally suggested by Rev. John Gensel in the middle 1980's and a regular annual event at least through the mid-90's, is still alive). As a recording, the miking is irregular in keeping with the moveable nature of the musical feast, but once each group of pilgrims arrives at the stable, the tuneful offerings are in sharp focus.

Musical highlights include the Grady Tate vocal that introduces the proceedings, Dave Brubeck's swinging hymn (in 5/4, of course), and the marathon "Deck the Halls" (sort of a "Jazz at the Philharmonic" all-star jam session on chord changes remarkably close to Charlie Parker's "Confirmation") that brings the show to a rousing, spirited close, with the trumpets of John Faddis, Byron Stripling, and Lew Soloff soaring into the stratosphere above Bethlehem skies. It's bracing, exhilarating music but certainly not, as another reviewer has stated, "shrill"--unless you're averse to unmuted trumpet virtuosity in the style of Maynard Ferguson, Cat Anderson, Arturo Sandoval, or early Dizzy Gillespie. (This baby Jesus was no Chet Baker or Chris Botti fan.)

VA - Happy Christmas From Motown

Artist ...............: Various Artists Album ................: Happy Christmas From Motown Genre ................: Christmas / Pop S...

Artist...............: Various Artists
Album................: Happy Christmas From Motown
Genre................: Christmas / Pop
Source...............: CD
Year.................: 2001
Quality..............: Mp3
Bitrate...............:  CBR 320 kbps
Playing Time.........: 52:20
Total Size...............: 117 MB

1. Diana Ross & The Supremes - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer[02:41]
2. Jackson 5 - Frosty The Snowman [02:40]
3. Smokey Robinson & Miracles - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town[01:54]
4. Stevie Wonder - The Christmas Song [03:09]
5. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Jingle Bells [02:49]
6. Jackson 5 - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus [03:01]
7. Stevie Wonder - Christmastime [02:34]
8. Diana Ross - Silver Bells [02:58]
9. Jackson 5 - The Little Drummer Boy [03:14]
10. Stevie Wonder - What Christmas Means To Me [02:30]
11. Jackson 5 - Up On The House Top [03:13]
12. Diana Ross & The Supremes - Children's Christmas Song [02:47]
13. Diana Ross & The Supremes - Joy To The World [02:11]
14. The Temptations - Someday At Christmas [03:25]
15. Jackson 5 - Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year [02:30]
16. Diana Ross & The Supremes - White Christmas [03:55]
17. Commodores - Jesus Is Love [04:59]
18. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - Let It Snow, Let It Snow[01:42]

VA - Under The Mistletoe

The return of a seasonal staple as Starbucks presents holiday favorites old and new, including recordings from Bob Dylan, Peggy Lee, Ell...

The return of a seasonal staple as Starbucks presents holiday favorites old and new, including recordings from Bob Dylan, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Diana Krall and Stevie Wonder.

Artist: VA
Title Of Album: Under The Mistletoe!
Year Of Release: 2012
Label: Starbucks Entertainment
Genre: Jazz, Blues Rock, Christmas, Holiday
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps
Total Time: 54:50
Total Size: 126 MB


1. Bob Dylan - Here Comes Santa Claus
2. Tracey Thorn - Maybe This Christmas
3. Dean Martin - Jingle Bells
4. Peggy Lee - The Christmas Waltz
5. The Drifters - White Christmas
6. Diana Krall - The Christmas Song
7. Sidney Bechet - Silent Night
8. Louis Armstrong - What A Wonderful World
9. Ella Fitzgerald - The Secret Of Christmas
10. Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson - Winter Song
11. Stevie Wonder - Everyone's A Kid At Christmas
12. She & Him - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
13. The Puppini Sisters - Last Christmas
14. Johnny Mathis - Sleigh Ride
15. Otis Redding - Merry Christmas Baby
16. Bing Crosby - Winter Wonderland
17. Mahalia Jackson - O Holy Night
18. John Fahey - Auld Lang Syne

Kermit Ruffins - Have A Crazy Cool CHRISTMAS!

Artist: KERMIT RUFFINS Title Of Album: HAVE A CRAZY COOL CHRISTMAS! Year Of Release: 2009 Label: Basin Street Records Genre: Jazz...

Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Basin Street Records
Genre: Jazz, New Orleans Jazz, Holiday, Christmas
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps
Total Time: 59:33
Total Size: 129 MB

1. Silent Night
2. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
3. What Will Santa Say When He Finds Everybody Swingin’
4. O Christmas Tree
5. Baby It’s Cold Outside
6. A Saints Christmas
7. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
8. Little Drummer Boy
9. Silver Bells
10. Crazy Cool Christmas
11. Winter Wonderland
12. This Christmas
13. Jingle Bells

Kermit Ruffins - Vocals & Trumpet
Neal Caine - Bass
Matt Lemmler - Piano
Herlin Riley - Drums

Produced By Tracey Freeman
Executive Producer: Mark Samuels

Recorded and mixed by Chris Finney at Music Shed Studios (New Orleans, LA) in 2009
Mastered by Vlado Meller at Universal Mastering (New York, NY)
Design: Cynthia Kinney
Photography: Rick Olivier,

Fresh off the success of Livin’ a Treme´ Life,Kermit Ruffins is ready to add a little Bourbon Street jazz to the upcomingholiday season. Produced by Grammy Winner Tracey Freeman, Have A Crazy CoolChristmas is Kermit Ruffins’ bold foray into Christmas music. The albumruns the gamut from yuletide classics like "Silent Night" and"Jingle Bells" to Kermit’s own rollicking originals like "ASaints Christmas" and "Crazy Cool Christmas." Kermit is joinedonce again by former bandmates from the Rebirth Brass Band, as well as fellowBasin Street Records recording artist Irvin Mayfield and New Orleans hotshottrombonist Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews.
Make no mistake, everything about Kermit Ruffinsexemplifies New Orleans. Residing in the town of Treme´, former home of hispredecessors Louis Prima and Louis Armstrong, he continues the big brasstradition the town is known for – Kermit plays a "sweet, sweethorn", as Michael J. Agovino of Newsweek notes. His musical stylingsresemble the culture of New Orleans, a melting pot, with Jazz, funk, standardsand hip-hop. His charisma, both onstage and on his recordings, reflects thespirit of his city. Kermit’s love for New Orleans is not just shown in hismusic. He gives back to his city not as if a necessity or chore, but as a way oflife. And Kermit’s city embraces him the same way he embraces it.