An extraordinary compilation with a lot of jazz and swing, great geniuses playing Christmas songs and more.
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas is a charming, warmly humorous - and yes, swinging - set of classic Christmas tunes. The program is familiar, from bouncy singalongs like "Jingle Bells" to slinky ballads like a downright sexy "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," but Fitzgerald treats each song with exactly as much respect as it deserves. And so Frank Loesser's "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" is wistfully romantic and Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne's "Let It Snow" is kittenishly enticing. As always, Norman Granz's production avoids the schlock that drowns some holiday sets. This is as good as jazz Christmas albums get.
In the Russian Orthodox Church, "only human voices are allowed to take part in the worship of the Lord." Directed by Lawrence Havriliak, the St. John's Russian Orthodox Choir of Spring Valley, New York sings a capella Ukrainian Christmas carols. Sung in Church Slavonic.
Official Release #57. The third and final live album put together from recordings of Frank Zappa's 1988 concerts, the two-CD set Make a Jazz Noise Here focuses on the composer's instrumental pieces – which are not necessarily jazzy, by the way. As for the three vocal tracks included ("Stinkfoot," "Stevie's Spanking," and "Advance Romance"), they all feature interesting solos. The set presents old favorites, like the medley "Let's Make the Water Turn Black"/"Harry, You're a Beast," "King Kong," and "The Black Page." They are well-performed, but considering the number of versions of each of them available on other recordings, they hardly constitute the main interest of this album.
It sounds jazzy, lazy, cool and looks extremely good. The CD "jazz lounge" is unique cool jazzy lounge sound fine with: Jazz Brushes, plucked bass, the typical jazz guitar riffs and cool saxophones. 25 tone beads provide over 2 hours jazzy sound food for your CD or MP3 player. Whether on sunset lounge terrace, stylish bar, or fire, so it sounds rrreally smooth. In addition, a non-stop mix by DJ Maretimo. Relax extremely cool… enjoy the finest lounge music in jazz style. Jazz lounge Vol.6, a smooth & jazzy lounge trip. Presented by Jazzy James Jr.