MERRY CHRISTMAS !

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Silent night
Holy night
All is calm
All is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace:

This is the early evening edition of the news.
The recent fight in the House of Representatives was over the open housing
section of the Civil Rights Bill.
Brought traditional enemies together but it left the defenders of the
measure without the votes of their strongest supporters.
President Johnson originally proposed an outright ban covering discrimination
by everyone for every type of housing but it had no chance from the start
and everyone in Congress knew it.
A compromise was painfully worked out in the House Judiciary Committee.
In Los Angeles today comedian Lenny Bruce died of what was believed to be an
overdoes of narcotics.
Bruce was 42 years old.
Dr. Martin Luther King says he does not intend to cancel plans for an open
housing march Sunday into the Chicago suburb of Cicero.
Cook County Sheriff Richard Ogleby asked King to call off the march and the
police in Cicero said they would ask the National Guard to be called out
if it is held.
King, now in Atlanta, Georgia, plans to return to Chicago Tuesday.
In Chicago Richard Speck, accused murderer of nine student nurses, was brought
before a grand jury today for indictment.
The nurses were found stabbed an strangled in their Chicago apartment.
In Washington the atmosphere was tense today as a special subcommittee of the
House Committee on Un-American activities continued its probe into anti-
Viet nam war protests.
Demonstrators were forcibly evicted from the hearings when they began chanting
anti-war slogans.
Former Vice-President Richard Nixon says that unless there is a substantial
increase in the present war effort in Viet nam, the U.S. should look forward
to five more years of war.
In a speech before the Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in New York,
Nixon also said opposition to the war in this country is the greatest single
weapon working against the U.S.
That’s the 7 o’clock edition of the news,
Goodnight.

Rick Braun – Christmas Present, Music of Warmth & Celebration (1994)

FrontCover1.jpgRick Braun (born July 6, 1955, in (Allentown, Pennsylvania) is a smooth jazz trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.

Braun’s mother was a self-taught pianist and banjoist. Braun played drums in high school, then followed his brother in playing the trumpet. In the 1970s, he attended the Eastman School of Music, and while a student there became a member of a jazz-fusion band, Auracle. The band worked with producer Teo Macero, and Braun co-produced the second album.

During the 1980s, he entered the pop music world. He released an album in Japan as a singer, then worked as a songwriter for Lorimar (Warner Chappell). He wrote the song “Here with Me” with REO Speedwagon, and it became a top twenty hit. When he returned to the trumpet, he worked as a studio musician and touring member with Crowded House, Natalie Cole, Glenn Frey, Tom Petty, Sade, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, and War.

He released his debut solo album, Intimate Secrets (Mesa, 1992), followed by Night Walk and Christmas Present. His popularity increased enough by 1995, when he released Beat Street, that he was persuaded to pursue a solo career.

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He has cited as influences Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and Herb Alpert, with the last one inspiring his album All It Takes including a song called “Tijuana Dance” (a play on Alpert’s band Tijuana Brass). One of his influences was Freddie Hubbard, and Braun composed a song, “Freddie Was Here” in 2008, which he recorded on his album, All it Takes, in tribute to Hubbard, who died that year.

He achieved several top chartings including Kisses in the Rain (as high as number 1), R n R (as high as number 1), All It Takes (as high as number 2), and Can You Feel It (as high as number 1) along with charting at the Traditional Jazz Albums for the first time in 2011 with Sings with Strings (as high as number 9).

Braun performs in the band BWB, with saxophonist Kirk Whalum and guitarist Norman Brown.

In 2005, he and saxophonist Richard Elliot co-founded ARTizen Music Group (now known as Artistry Music) and once had Rykodisc as a distributor.

Braun won Gavin Report’s Artist of the Year twice. (by wikipedia)

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Christmas Present — Music of Warmth and Celebration is a pleasant, laidback collection of smooth jazz that’s ideal background music for holiday parties. Braun runs through a number of classic Christmas carols (“The Christmas Present,” “Do You Hear What I Hear?”) and several original pieces that often evoke the spirit of the season, making it a nice Christmas record for fans of smooth jazz and fusion. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)

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Personnel:
Rick Braun (trumpet, piano, flugelhorn)
Russ Braun (trombone)
Curtis Brengle (piano)
Kevin Brown (trumpet)
Jack Daro (bass)
Vinny D’Onofrio (guitar)
Brad Dutz (drums, percussion)
Bob Feldman (bass)
John Grab (trombone, vello)
Cliff Hugo (bass)
Dave Karasony (drums)
Nick Lane (trombone)
Suzette Moriarty (french horn)
Ed Smith (cymbals)
Doug Tornquist (tuba)
Ned Treuenfels (french horn)
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Woodland Hills Elves Guild Choir:
Angela Surfield – Darryl Phinnessee – Rick Braun

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Tracklist:
01. The Little Drummer Boy (Simeone/Davis/Onorati) 4.00
02. Bell, Book, And Candle (Braun/Lane) 3.36
03. Christmas In Gorgonia (Braun/Traditional) 2.59
04. The Christmas Song (Wells/Tormé) 4.38
05. Jingle Blues (Pierpont) 4.03
06. Far Away (Braun/Reilly) 3.25
07. Christmas Present (Braun/Lane)
08. O Tannenbaum (Traditional) 3.43
09. It’s Christmas (Traditional) 4.09
10. The Christmas Clock (Braun) 3.13
11. Do You Hear What I Hear? () 4.22
12. Newborn Christmas (Feldman/Smith) 3.35
13. Maybe Next Year (Braun/Brengle) 4.43
14. Grandma’s Music Box (Braun) 2.45

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Andrzej Jagodzinski Trio – Christmas (1994)

FrontCover1This trio has won acclaim all over the world and is now celebrating 20 years of their music-making.
The first Andrzej Jagodzinski album of jazzed-up Chopin, recorded in December 1993, was an event showered with awards. Another record “Live at the National Philharmonic” was created in 1995, followed by “Chopin Once More” in 1999. In 2008 the Trio recorded “Chopin – Jagodzinski – Sonata in B flat minor” celebrating the 15th anniversary of its creation by presenting a jazz vision of this great composition. The year 2010 witnessed a 2-CD album “Chopin – Les Brillantes”, which incorporated the band’s previous experience with Chopin’s music. It was also a tribute to the master on the 200th anniversary of his birth. All the CDs quickly attained the status of Golden Disc. (by arts.uci.edu)

“One of Poland’s leading jazz pianists interprets the music of the country’s greatest composer. (…) One of the best examples of classical jazz since Art Tatum tackled Massenet.” (Music and Media)

Jagodzinski’s organically swinging and highly interactive trio continued to explore jazz interpretations of one of the most acclaimed polish jazz pianists: Andrzej Jagodziski and his trio. Here The Andrzej Jagodzinski Trio performs traditional Polish Christmas carols, with the exception of “Cicha Noc (Silent Night)”, which is of course one of the most popular christmas songs of all time.

I guess, I will hear this wonderful album tomorrow night again … together with my wife, at the end of our christmas eve … before we´ll go to bed …

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Personnel:
Czesław ‘Mały’ Bartkowski (drums)
Adam Cegielski (bass)
Andrzej Jagodziński (piano)

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Tracklist:
01. Cicha Noc (Silent Night) 5.55
02 Z Narodzenia Pana (With Lord’s Birth) 4.00
03 Gdy Się Chrystus Rodzi (When The Christ Is Borning) 4.40
04 Mizerna Cicha (Wan, silent, stable earth) 5.25
05 Mędrcy Świata (The Sages of The World, Monarchs) 6.15
06 Pójdźmy Wszyscy Do Stajenki (Let Us All Go To Tthe Little Barn) 4.05
07 Jezus Malusieńki (Little Baby Jesus) 4.20
08 Gdy Śliczna Panna (When Beautiful Miss Rocked Son) 6.00
09 Lulajże Jezuniu (Hush little Jesus) 3.45

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Various Artists – A Blues Christmas (2015)

FrontCover1And now it´s Blues-Chrismas-Time:

A Blues Christmas is a vinyl release featuring the best of Alligator’s two holiday CDs: 1992’s The Alligator Records Christmas Collection and 2003’s Genuine Houserockin’ Christmas.

Neither title was ever released on vinyl, so this the first LP to ever be graced with the genuine holiday-rockin’ music of Koko Taylor, Charlie Musselwhite, Shemekia Copeland, Elvin Bishop, Marcia Ball, Michael “Iron Man” Burks and many more. All tracks have been remastered to sound even better than the original releases.

Sometimes Christmas is a wonderful “Joy” and other times it can be awfully lonely. This Blues compilation always made me feel better. They also served as an introduction to many Blues artists whom I had never heard before. The songs are sometimes traditional but my own favorites are mostly original compositions from Blues masters such as Charles Brown, BB King, and Etta James; and the Christmas albums by these artists are today, still among my favorites. Whether the music is “silly” or sentimental; it seemed that my wife and I shared more of the holiday spirit by listening to this music. The music, at this time of the year, also reminds me to celebrate our differences and be thankful to be able to share this Joyous holiday with others. I wish a Merry Christmas to those lovers of the Blues whom share my sentiments. (by Richard Ludmerer)

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Tracklist:
01. Koko Taylor: Merry. Merry Christmas 4.27
02. Ul’ Ed & The Blues Imperials: I’m Your Santa 2.55
03. Shemekia Copeland: Stay A Little Longer. Santa 4.21
04. The Holmes Brothers: Back Door Santa 3.04
05. Katie Webster: Deck The Halls With Boogie Woogie 2.59
06. Charlie Musselwhite: Silent Night 2.41
07. Little Charlie & the Nightcats: Santa Claus 2.58
08. Michael: Christmas Snow 3.59
09. Marcia Ball: Christmas Fais Do Do 3.15
10. Roomful Of Blues: Santa Claus. Do You Ever Get The Blues? 3.22
11. Tinsley Ellis: Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin1 3.23
12. Elvin Bishop: The Little Drummer Boy 2.53

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Various Artists – We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year (2008)

FrontCover1This is a2008 holiday release. Deck the halls with long haired rockers, decorate the tree with Flying Vs! Yes, it’s time to pump your fists and bang your heads to the crunching sounds of a Metal Christmas with many of your fave Hard Rockers ringing in the holiday season in style. 11 tracks that feature collaborations from artists like Lemmy, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper, Billy Sheehan, Tim Ripper Owens, Joe Lynn Turner, Tommy Shaw, Ronnie James Dio and many others.

If you have not heard of this release yet, well its time you do. The perfect stocking stuffer for that headbanging thrasher in your family come on you know every family has at least one. Extremely well produced and featuring many of metals best players. We Wish You A Metal XMas And A Headbanging New Year is actually a very decent recording to add to your collection or download from iTunes to your xmas holiday playlist like I did. My favorite track would for sure be Run Rudolph Run featuring Lemmy on vocals, it just bleeds coolness.

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Hearing Dio belt out God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, like only Ronnie can is almost kind of spooky, and dark, and actually bad ass! For fans of cookie monster style vocals, you will enjoy Silent Night like you have never heard it before and hearing Geoff Tate sing Silver Bells is pretty cool. Now for me this is not a cd I would enjoy year round, but around the holidays I will be happy to fire it up each year as a new tradition. (by fullmetalrock.com)

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Tracklist:

Jeff Scott Soto, Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Chris Wyse & Ray Luzier:
01. We Wish You A Merry Xmas (Traditional) 4.39

Lemmy Kilmister, Billy F. Gibbons & Dave Grohl:
02. Run Rudolph Run (Berry) 4.00

Alice Cooper, John 5, Billy Sheehan & Vinny Appice:
03. Santa Claws Is Coming To Town (Gillespie/Coots) 4.19

Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Rudy Sarzo & Simon Wright:
04. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (Tradiitional) 4.07

Geoff Tate, Carlos Cavazo, James Lomenzo & Ray Luzier:
05. Silver Bells (Evans/Livingstone) 5.05

Dug Pinnick, George Lynch, Billy Sheehan & Simon Phillips:
06. Little Drummer Boy (Simeone/Onerati/Davis) 4.37

Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens*, Steve Morse, Juan Garcia, Marco Mendoza & Vinny Appice:
07. Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Leiber/Mike Stoller) 4.01

Chuck Billy, Scott Ian, Jon Donais, Chris Wyse & John Tempesta:
08. Silent Night (Gruber/Mohr) 4.11

Oni Logan, Craig Goldy, Tony Franklin & John Tempesta:
09. Deck The Halls (Traditional) 4.10

Stephen Pearcy, Tracii Guns, Bob Kulick, Billy Sheehan & Greg Bissonette:
10. Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer (Brooks) 4.41

Joe Lynn Turner, Bruce Kulick, Bob Kulick, Rudy Sarzo & Simon Wright:
11. Rockin’ Around The Xmas Tree (Marks) 3.21

Tommy Shaw, Steve Lukather, Marco Mendoza & Kenny Aronoff:
12. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (Lennon/Ono) 4.27

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Steven Osborne – Feldman / Crumb (2016)

FrontCover1.jpgAlthough they were leading figures of the avant-garde in the 1970s and 1980s, Morton Feldman and George Crumb are an unexpected pairing on this 2016 Hyperion release by pianist Steven Osborne, because they employed dissimilar techniques and achieved rather different results. Feldman is perhaps best known for his extremely long and harmonically dense works of the 1980s, while Crumb’s use of extended instrumental techniques and mystical references made him one of the most imitated composers in the last half of the 20th century. Yet they both explored the quiet end of the dynamic range, and the otherworldly feeling of their music often reveals a mutual affinity for introspection and intuition. The short Feldman pieces, Intermission 5, Piano Piece 1952, and Extensions 3, were all composed in 1952 and are rather scattered and sparse, unlike the sustained mood and consistently delicate sonorities of Palais de Mari, Feldman’s final work, which reflects his interest in slowly evolving processes. Crumb’s Processional is a mix of tonal and modal elements clashing over a pulsing rhythm, and it is surprisingly loud and aggressive when compared to many of his earlier works. Yet A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979 is more in keeping with Crumb’s evocative style of the 1970s, and its short movements are reminiscent of Makrokosmos I and II. After hearing this album in its entirety, one can understand Osborne’s choices and appreciate a stylistic continuity between them, though the program reveals these composers’ differences more starkly than their similarities. (by Blair Sanderson)

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Steven Osborne (piano)

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Morton Feldman:
01. Intermission 5 4.24

George Crumb:
02. Processional 9.49

Morton Feldman:
03. Piano Piece 1952 3.39
04. Extensions 3 5.30

George Crumb: A Little Suite For Christmas, A.D. 1979:
05. The Visitation 2.39
06. Berceuse For The Infant Jesu 1.35
07. The Shepherds’ Noël 1.15
08. Adoration Of The Magi 1.23
09. Nativity Dance 0.59
10. Canticle Of The Holy Night 3.07
11. Carol Of The Bells 2.09

Morton Feldman:
12. Palais De Mari 26.16

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Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (1962)

This is the fourth recording of The Christmas Song” by Nat King Cole:

FrontCover1Recorded at Capitol Studios, New York City, March 30, 1961. This rendition, the first recorded in stereo, is widely played on radio stations during the Christmas season, and has become the most popular/familiar version of this song. Label credit: Nat King Cole (Nat King Cole, vocal; Charles Grean and Pete Rugolo, orchestration; Ralph Carmichael, orchestra conductor). The instrumental arrangement is nearly identical to the 1953 version, but the vocals are much deeper and more focused. Originally done for The Nat King Cole Story (a 1961 LP devoted to stereo re-recordings of Cole’s earlier hits), this recording was later included in a reissue of Cole’s 1960 holiday album The Magic of Christmas replacing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”. Retitled The Christmas Song, the album was issued in 1963 as Capitol W-1967(mono) / SW-1967(stereo) and today is in print on compact disc. This recording of “The Christmas Song” is also available on numerous compilation albums. Some are Capitol pop standards Christmas compilations while others are broader-based. For example, it is available on WCBS-FM’s Ultimate Christmas Album Volume 3. An alternate take of the 1961 recording, featuring a different vocal and missing the solo piano on the instrumental bridge, appears on the Deluxe Edition of the 2014 compilation The Extraordinary Nat King Cole. (by wikipedia)

Some says, that this is one of the best christmas alums ever …

Listen and decide yourself. A funny thing is, that Cole sing der German christmas song “O Tannenbaum” ein in German !

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Personnel:
Nate King Cole (vocals)
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Tracklist:
01. The Christmas Song (Torme/Wells) 3.09
02. Deck The Hall (Traditional) 1.07
03. Adeste Fideles (Traditional) 2.27
04. O Tannenbaum (Traditional) 3.01
05. O, Little Town Of Bethlehem (Traditional) 2.19
06. I Saw Three Ships (Traditional) 1.27
07. O Holy Night (Traditional) 2.56
08. Hark, The Herald Angels Sing (Traditional) 1.48
09. A Cradle In Bethlehem (Stock/Bryan) 3.23
10. Away In A Manger (Traditional) 2.02
11. Joy To The World (Traditional) 1.22
12. The First Noel (Traditional) 1.57
13. Caroling, Caroling (Burt/Hudson) 2.02
14. Silent Night (Gruber/Mohr) 2.07

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Blackmore’s Night – Winter Carols (2006)

FrontCover1Winter Carols is the sixth studio album by the group Blackmore’s Night, released in the United Kingdom on October, 2006, and in the United States on November 7, 2006. It is a Christmas themed album. The cover artwork for this album, painted by Karsten Topelmann, is an adaptation of a street in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, in line with the band’s heavy Renaissance influence. The same street is portrayed in the cover of Blackmore’s Night’s second studio album, Under a Violet Moon. In the cover of “Winter Carols” the street is painted as winter time, whereas Under a Violet Moon’s cover takes place on apparently a summer night. While the selections “Winter (Basse Dance)” is credited to Ritchie Blackmore as composer, it is an adaptation of the second section of Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Fantasía para un gentilhombre,” which Rodrigo composed for classical guitar virtuoso Andres Segovia in 1954.

On December 2006, Winter Carols entered at #7 on USA Billboard New Age Charts.

The album won the New Age Reporter Lifestyle Music Award as the Best Holiday Album.(by wikipedia)

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Ever wonder what Christmas carols sounded like back in time when the finest form of transportation was by horse and wearing armor was a hip fashion statement? Well then, the second release of 2006 by Blackmore’s Night, Winter Carols, may offer some insight. As with their previous efforts, the music on Winter Carols is of the Renaissance-inspired folk variety. And while the majority of the songs are traditional compositions, there are also a few originals, including “Winter (Basse Dance),” which includes some simply gorgeous acoustic guitar doodling by once Fender Strat/Marshall amp abuser Blackmore. Elsewhere, songs such as “Hark the Herald Angels Sing/Come All Ye Faithful” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” would sound splendid sung around the campfire — if it were still the 15th century. Unfortunately, a rendition of the Chipmunks’ “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” is not included. (by Greg Prato)

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This is one of the most refreshing albums of Christmas music released in many years! There are no Santa Clauses, Rudolphs, or Sleigh Rides here. Candice Night (vocals) and Ritchie Blackmore celebrate Christmas without all the commercialism that saturates most Christmas albums and tastefully interpret carols with a few original compositions added for flavor. Of the originals, “Christmas Eve” and “Winter (Basse Dance) are most notable, although the latter is an adaptation of a classical guitar piece written for Andres Segovia by Joaquin Rodrigo (“Fantasia Para Un Gentilhombre”). Candice Night’s vocals are perfectly suited to the music on the album, and if you want to celebrate the season by listening instead of partying, WINTER CAROLS comes highly recommended! (by Tom Daly)

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Personnel:
Ritchie Blackmore (guitar, mandola, nyckelharpa, hurdy-gurdy, percussion)
Robert Curiano (Sir Robert of Normandie) (bass)
Candice Night (vocals, shawm, pennywhistle)
Pat Regan (keyboards)
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David Baranowski (Bard David of Larchmont) (keyboards)
Albert Dannemann (bagpipes, background vocals)
Anton Fig (drums)
Sarah Steiding (violin)
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Sisters of the Moon:
Lady Madeline and Lady Nancy (Madeline and Nancy Posner) (harmony vocals)
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background vocals:
Ian Robertson and Jim Manngard

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Tracklist:
01. Hark the Herald Angels Sing / Come All Ye Faithful (Traditional) 3.50
02. I Saw Three Ships (Traditional) 2.40
03. Winter (Basse Dance) (Blackmore) 3.07
04. Ding Dong Merrily On High (Traditional) 3.16
05. Ma-O-Tzur (Traditional) 2.19
06. Good King Wenceslas (Traditional) 4.44
07. Lord Of The Dance / Simple Gifts (Carter/Brackett) 3.34
08. We Three Kings (Traditional) 4.48
09. Wish You Were Here (Teijo) 5.02
10. Emmanuel (Traditional) 3.32
11. Christmas Eve (Blackmore/Night) 4.20
12. We Wish You A Merry Christmas (Traditional) 1.21

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The cover artwork for this album, painted by Karsten Topelmann, is an adaptation of a street in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany, in line with the band’s heavy Renaissance influence. The same street is portrayed in the cover of Blackmore’s Night’s second studio album, Under a Violet Moon. In the cover of “Winter Carols” the street is painted as winter time, whereas Under a Violet Moon’s cover takes place on apparently a summer night.

And here´s the same scene … in our time:

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John Fahey – The New Possibility – John Fahey’s Guitar Soli Christmas Album (1968)

FrontCover1The New Possibility: John Fahey’s Guitar Soli Christmas Album is a 1968 album by American folk musician John Fahey. It is a collection of solo-guitar arrangements of familiar Christmas songs and has been Fahey’s best selling recording, remaining in print since it was first released. The album is especially noteworthy since holiday music had never before been played in Fahey’s acoustic-steel string blues guitar style.

As Fahey recounts, “I was in the back of a record store in July and I saw all these cartons of Bing Crosby’s White Christmas albums. The clerk said it always sells out. So I got the idea to do a Christmas album that would sell every year.” The New Possibility has been one of Fahey’s best selling recordings, selling over 100,000 copies initially, and has been continually in print.

Fahey’s original liner notes discuss the German-American theologian and Christian existentialist philosopher Paul Tillich’s reference to the birth of Jesus Christ as “The New Possibility”. Fahey notes the scholarly research on the secular and mythological/superstitious ideas connected with the “Christmas Story”. These liner notes were removed in later reissues. When asked why, Fahey said, “I just didn’t feel that way any more.”

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In 1979, Fahey said, “Well, the arrangements are pretty good, but on the other hand there are more mistakes on this album than on any of the other 17 albums I’ve recorded. And yet, here’s the paradox… this album has not only sold more than any of my others, I meet people all the time who are crazy about it. I mean really love it. What can I say. I’m confused.”

Fahey recorded three more Christmas albums, as well as re-recording the tracks of The New Possibility. There were numerous reissues on LP, 8-track tape, and cassette. Some later reissues confusingly used the cover art from the 1975 album Christmas with John Fahey Vol. II. A 2000 CD reissue of The New Possibility includes the entire contents of both that album and Christmas with John Fahey Vol. II.

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In his Mojo magazine review, critic Andrew Male wrote “This beautiful collection of the American steel-string guitarist’s festive efforts, from 1968 and 1975, possesses a deliciously deep and spooky ambience, a disjointed jauntiness coupled with a frost-fall morning melancholy, Fahey’s guitar somehow sounding like an Elizabethan harpsichord grown wild and mad out in the Appalachian mountains.” However, another Mojo article, “How To Buy Fahey”, dismisses these recordings as “Cliff-territory bland”.

Jonathan Widran, writing for Allmusic writes it “reminds one of the simple charms of the season and how easy it is to capture that when you keep a no-frills approach. Because he rarely varies the tempos among the tracks—he’s mostly in the slow to gently loping ballad mode—the songs have a slight tendency to run into each other. (by wikipedia)

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Personnel:
John Fahey (guitar)

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Tracklist:
01. Joy To The World (Mason/Watts) 1.52
02. What Child Is This? (Dix/Traditional) 3.02
03. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/O Come All Ye Faithful (Mendelssohn/Traditional) 3.10
04. Auld Lang Syne (Burns/Traditional) 2.01
05. The Bells Of St. Mary’s (Adams/Furber) 2.10
06. Good King Wenceslas (Neale) 1.10
07. We Three Kings of Orient Are (Hopkins, Jr.) 1.50
08. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Fantasy (Traditional) 3.00
09. The First Noel (Sandys) 2.12
10. Christ’s Saints Of God Fantasy (Hopkins/Traditional) 10.12
11. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Sears/Willis) 1.28
12. Go I Will Send Thee (Traditional) 3.00
13. o, How a Rose E’er Blooming (Praetorius/Traditional) 3.45
14. Silent Night (Gruber) 1.14

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Wynton Marsalis – Christmas Jazz Jam (2009)

FrontCover1Christmas Jazz Jam is a Christmas album by Wynton Marsalis that was released in 2009 by Compass Productions. Musicians on the album include Wessell Anderson on alto saxophone, Vincent Gardner and Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Victor Goines on saxophone and clarinet, and Herlin Riley on drums.

In 2009 the album reached peak positions of number six on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart, number nine on the Top Holiday Albums chart, and number nineteen on the Top Independent Albums chart. In 2010 the album reached number 125 on the Billboard 200.

Christmas Jazz Jam marked Marsalis’ first holiday album in twenty years. For the album, Marsalis assembled a group of ten musicians to perform uncredited arrangements of twelve holiday standards. Following “Mary Had a Baby” are traditional New Orleans jazz-style renditions of “Jingle Bells” (James Pierpont) and “Blue Christmas” (Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson)

In 2009 Christmas Jazz Jam reached peak positions of number six on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart, number nine on the Top Holiday Albums chart, and number nineteen on the Top Independent Albums chart. In 2010 the album reached number 125 on the Billboard 200. (by wikipedia)

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The trumpeter for all seasons fields a capable 10-piece group, which essays a program of the usual fare with a few surprises. Musical styles deftly rendered include New Orleans trad (“Jingle Bells,” “Blue Christmas”), calypso (“Rudolph”), Duke Ellington(“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Little Town of Bethlehem”), bracing renditions of spirituals (“Mary Had a Baby,” “Go Tell It on the Mountain”) and a bluesy “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The uncredited arrangements are smart yet not ostentatious; they don’t overshadow the soloists. Marsalis is certainly a trumpeter for this season. (Kirk Silsbee, Los Angeles Times: awarded the album three of four stars

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Personnel:
Wessell Anderson (saxophone)
Walter Blanding (saxophone)
Vincent Gardner (trombone)
Victor Goines (saxophone, clarinet)
Wycliffe Gordon (trombone, tuba)
Roberta Gumbel (vocals)
Wynton Marsalis (trumpet)
Paul Nedzela (saxophone, clarinet)
Dan Nimmer (piano)
Herlin Riley (drums)
Don Vappie (banjo, guitar, vocals)
Reginald Veal (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Coots/Gillespie) 4.50
02. Mary Had A Baby (Traditional) 4.03
03. Jingle Bells (Pierpont) 4.43
04.  Blue Christmas (Hayes/Johnson) 5.24
05. Go Tell It On The Mountain (Work, Jr.) 7.08
06. O Christmas Tree (Anschütz) 7.25
07. O Little Town Of Bethlehem (Brooks) 7.21
08. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Marks) 6.05
09. The Christmas Song (Tormé/Wells) 5.30
10. Good King Wenceslas (Helmore(Neale) 6.49
11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Martin/Blane) 7.08
12. Greensleeves (Traditional) 2.05

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