Christmas Jump & Jive is one of two holiday-themed compilations included in Rod McKuen's series "Songs That Won The War." This collection is sourced primarily from radio broadcasts and transcriptions. It is a strange package: many of the selections are not holiday tunes; many are not from the 1940s, much less the war years; and some of the track titles are dubious at best: the "Quiet Christmas Riot" attributed to Buddy Rich is plain old "Quiet Riot," and Benny Goodman's "Jingle Bell Jive" is the 1935 "Jingle Bells" recorded for Victor. But buried in the filler are some rare gems: a breakneck broadcast version of Duke Ellington's "Ring Dem Bells"; a rare parody of "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" by the equally rare pairing of Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald; and a broadcast performance of Nat King Cole's "Mrs. Santa Claus."
Musicality and variety is awesome! I gave this only 3 stars because the first 5 songs are the only new ones. All remaining songs are on his recording "The Heart of Christmas" – which I also have. They're not even new versions of the (same) songs – sound identical to the other recording. It's very frustrating to buy a recording and think you're getting all new songs, only to learn that they filled it with songs already released. If you like Matthew West and don't have any of his Christmas music, I highly recommend this. If you already have some, just be cautious that you're not buying what you already have..
The English brass septet Septura (three trumpets, two trombones, bass trombone, and tuba) has emerged as a worthy successor to the various brass quintets that enjoyed a vogue at the end of the 20th century. Their ensemble work is unimpeachable, but where they break new ground is in their arrangements, which both draw on a slightly wider range of sources than usual and have a more varied selection of textures.
2015 holiday release from the country/pop vocalist. Today Is Christmas is comprised of traditional and original songs with featured duets with Aloe Blacc and Gavin DeGraw. LeAnn Rimes is one of the most successful entertainers worldwide with a career spanning more than two decades. With 45 million albums sold, two Grammy awards, three Academy Of Country Music awards and 12 Billboard Music awards, she has made her mark in the world of music. This release includes yuletide favorites such as 'We Need A Little Christmas', 'Must Be Santa' and 'Holly Jolly Christmas/Frosty The Snowman' plus new classics like 'That Spirit Of Christmas' and the title track.