I’ll post a second, much longer playlist which I’ll post ahead of the New Year celebrations which will be packed with six hours of music all at the funkier end of the jazz spectrum.
It occurs to me that jazz only becomes a mainstream musical offering in the run up to Christmas when shops, airport lounges, supermarkets and the full gamut of retail environments pump out loop tapes of smooth jazz. Retail researchers clearly associate smooth jazz with the urge to spend-that is maybe the only thing to be said in its favour. It is also one of the reasons why I shop my Christmas presents online!
Gabriel Latchin – I’ll be home for Christmas
A rare live, bootleg recording of Charlie Parker playing White Christmas
Etta James getting down and dirty in her seasonal contributions
Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s aptly named We FREEE Kings
Bobby Timmons swinging Deck the Halls as if he was still sharing the bandstand with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers
A very early recording of Ella Fitzgerald and 30’s teen idol Louis Jordan swinging the life out of Baby It’s Cold Outside
In the words of Duke Ellington
I hope you do enjoy
Etta James – 12 Songs of Christmas