Hang the Mistletoe/Jingle Bells by The Dave Lambert Singers

Hang the Mistletoe b/w Jingle BellsDave Lambert SingersNocturne P-10051955 Dave Lambert was one third of the great jazz/vocalese trio Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross (along with Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross). They were considered pioneers in vocal jazz, setting the stage for many acts to follow (think Singers Unlimited, The Swingle …

Featured Album: Happy Holidays From Many Lands by The Mastersounds

The Mastersounds Happy Holiday World Pacific Stereo-1280 (1959) Side One: 1 Arre, Borriquita (Spanish Traditional) 2:26 2 Pobre Gitanilla (Spanish Traditional) 5:20 3 Deck The Halls (English Traditional) 3:25 4 Bells For Charla (Buddy Montgomery) 5:24 5 Caroling, Caroling (Traditional) 2:36 Side Two: 1 Noel Nouvelet (French Traditional) 4:54 2 Campone …

Kurt Elling’s Love Letter to Albert Finney’s 1970 Scrooge

Sing A Christmas Carol My love for Leslie Bricusse’s 1970 musical “Scrooge”, starring Albert Finney, runs deep. I read Dickens’ original “A Christmas Carol” every year. It is not only one of my favorite Christmas books, it is one of my favorite books period. The story of Scrooge’s redemption is …

Rick Gallagher Balances Fresh and Familiar on Jazz ‘Christmas Tidings’

Ghost of Christmas Jazz Past I imagine there’s something just a bit intimidating about recording a Christmas album with a jazz piano trio these days. There must be this feeling of Vince Guaraldi hovering over your shoulder like a Ghost of Christmas Jazz Past. I am glad, however, that Rick …